Gratitude makes everything better

My first thought this morning,

“I love my eye-mask.”

I don’t normally use one at home, but I was so happy I brought it with me on my trip to Gothenburg this weekend. (I’m here as a DJ at a blues dance event.)

I’m known as a late-night DJ, so often I won’t start until 2am or even later. Last night I finished at 4.05am.

By the time I’d packed up and said good-night to my friends it was more like 5am.

After I got back to the apartment where I was staying and drunk some tea, it was nearly 6am.

The mornings are bright in Sweden.

I was glad I’d packed my eye-mask.

My gratitude habit

Since I started my journal practice back in November, I’ve focused more on gratitude than I ever have before.

It has been part of my morning and evening routine.

Twice a day I write down 3 things I’m feeling grateful for.

I can’t say I love the word gratitude. It’s not a word that I naturally use in my everyday conversation.

I’ve long been an appreciative and thankful kind of person but since making gratitude a daily practice, I’ve noticed that I feel happier and more satisfied with my life in general.

Gratitude on repeat

Some days I feel like I am just writing on repeat, but other times I find myself thinking of something that previously I would have taken for granted but now I genuinely feel much more appreciation for.

Typical things I write on my gratitude list:

  1. My warm home.
  2. My comfortable bed.
  3. My cup of tea.
  4. My new jeans.
  5. My family.
  6. My work.

New awareness

This weekend is the first time I have travelled since I started my journal.

I noticed that I have felt thankful for many things that previously I might not have paid so much attention to:

  1. 7 hours of DJ time. I love to play but this is a lot of time on the decks! It’s encouraged me to find time to tidy up my music folders and gives me a chance to stretch my wings and try out some new material.
  2. My friend Annette. She lives in Germany so we don’t get to hang out too often. It’s been lovely to spend time together and catch up on our news.
  3. My hosted apartment for the weekend. It’s a calm and welcoming space.
  4. Having a bath. (We only have a shower at home.)
  5. Eating fresh blueberries for breakfast.
  6. My friend, musician Christoffer Johansson. He plays beautiful music to listen to and dance to. He gave me a gift of his music on a CD yesterday.
  7. Dancing. Being part of a community where dancing is a normal means of expression gives me great joy.

All of these things are special, and I feel that my gratitude practice has helped me feel extra happy and relaxed this weekend.

Reflection

It’s almost time to start a new journal.

Last week I spent a few hours looking through my current one and making lists. Insights, things that have gone really well, all the things I’m grateful for.

I realised the thing I’m most thankful for is the habit of gratitude.

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