The Secret to Finding Gratitude

"The more thankful I became the more my bounty increased. That's because - for sure - what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life you create more of it."  --Oprah Winfrey

It can be a challenge to see the good in life when we are constantly being bombarded with gloom and doom.

I personally have chosen to avoid the news for right now.  I have paused Facebook groups that have turned to the negative—everyone fueling one another. 

What we feed our brains is just as important as what we feed our bodies. Good food equals good health and good thoughts equal good mental health.  

Finding something to be grateful for each day is a simple way to keep your mind focused on the positive.   I have a small journal on my desk and each morning over coffee I write down 3 things I am grateful for.  

They are just single words so it takes all of a few seconds but it sets the tone for my day.  Today I wrote I am grateful for sunshine, my home and laughter.  

It can be anything.  I started doing this 3 years ago and it has shifted my life.  I truly believe that what we focus on in life expands.

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Choose to see the good and you will be given more good.  

For me, photography is a way I can focus on the beauty in the world.  

No matter what is going on there is always something beautiful to see—a quiet sunrise, birds taking flight, fog creeping over mountains or a sunset on the ocean.

In my perfect world, I can share that beauty with you; letting you see what I saw and feel what I felt even just for a moment.  

The other day I received this comment on one of my posts “This print is beautiful. I am a nurse and this has been a tough day! I looked at this pic, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. Thank you for a much needed beautiful break!”  

This one comment made my whole day.  This is what it is all about for me and for that I am grateful.

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