Here’s a confession: For as often as my guests on So Money share advice on the importance of being grateful, there’s a lot I take for granted far too many days of the year.
My health. My home. My family. My friends. My work. My freedom.
The list is long.
I do try to be more conscious of my fortunes by slowing down my pace and pausing to recognize the many happy moments as they happen each and every day (even when it feels nothing is going right).
Like when Evan announces a new word or sentence completely out of the blue.
Yesterday he actually answered one of my 2,000 rhetorical questions of the day with, “I don’t know, Mommy.”
I nearly fainted, cried and screamed – all at the same time. What does one describe that emotional state? Hysterical?
I call that being so, so grateful in a way that words cannot express. And instead of doing all of the above, I rushed to kiss him. Multiple times. In that moment, my day was complete.
And as if we needed more reasons to be appreciative, studies show that the act of gratitude can actually make us richer. Like, dollars and cents richer.
In the piece, I share four simple ways we can all practice more gratitude, even when you’re having a crappy day (or year).
One trick: express thanks well and often – and openly. A simple thank you can go a long way in others lives …. and yours.
On that note, today and every day, I’m grateful to you and your continued support of my work. You push me to deliver my best whether I’m recording a podcast, writing an article, working on a course or just being me.
Thanks for always being honest with me and keeping in touch here. While I may not be able to reply to every email, know that I do read each and every one and you are being heard.