10 Ways to Practice Gratitude, Most Lovely Things In BHG, a Holiday Outfit and more on Weekend Meanderings.
Good morning friends, how are you?
Today I am joining Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings, our weekly series of things that caught our eye, piqued our interest. Adventures, style, life and so much more.
These next few weeks are going to go by in a whirl of preparations, presents, parties, stress and more so today I thought I would remind you to slow down and just be.
Take some time from your day to rest, regroup and reset your mind and body and most importantly set aside a little time for gratitude.
Thankful & Grateful
For some reason people think Thanksgiving is the only time during the year that we need to be thankful or grateful. I guess if it the only time of the year that you are going to be grateful than it is as good a time as any.
But the fact is, the more grateful you are, the healthier and happier you are.
Scientists say that people who are grateful are more healthy physically and psychologically than people that aren’t. They also have more empathy, less aggression, they sleep better and have better relationships.
All good things in my book.
10 Ways to Be Grateful
Be kind to everyone you meet. Smile, say hello, be polite, hold the door for someone, offer to return their grocery cart. Make a point of doing this everyday, you will make them feel better and you will feel better too!
2. Thank You Cards
Send thank you cards to the people in your life that you are grateful for, send a card to your parents, best friend, your siblings, a co-worker or anyone else that you want to know that you are grateful for their presence in your life. Snail mail is so rare these days it will make them feel extra special. There is still time to write your cards and get them in the mail.
Give the gift of your time and talents. Volunteer at an animal shelter, walk the dogs or play with them. Tutor kids who need help after school. Read and visit with the people at your local nursing home.
4. Say Thank You
I was taught to say thank you and please at an early age but sometimes I feel as if it is a courtesy of the past. Thank your yoga teacher for a great class, thank the checkout person and the bagger at the grocery store, say thank you to your barista for making you the perfect latte.
5. Be Thankful
Take a minute and be thankful for your family. Though they may drive you crazy some days I am sure they you give you a lot of love and joy. Why not let them know it? Share a memory of happy times, or thank them for the support and love they have given you.
6. Spread Joy
Spread joy, give someone a compliment I promise you will make their day.
Four years ago I was having a terrible day, and I was wandering aimlessly around a store. Every time I looked up I saw a little old man staring at me. Eventually he came over and tapped me on the shoulder, my first thought was that he wanted some help.
Instead of asking for help he asked if he could tell me something. I said yes and he said “I just wanted you to know that you are beautiful and have lovely eyes.”
I know I looked a wreck that day as I had been crying and had just come from the gym but I will tell you that after I thanked him I feel lighter, happier and I felt beautiful. I still think of that little man all these years later.
7. Be Appreciative of your world
Appreciate the world around you. Get out take a walk, take in your neighborhood, your town or go somewhere new and appreciate all that you have around you. If you live near the ocean or a lake sit and enjoy the waves lapping at your feet, if you live in the mountains enjoy the peace and quiet or the sounds of the animals.
8. Spend Time in Your Favorite Place
Spend some time in your favorite place with your favorite place and feel the blessings of both.
9. Self Care
Practice self care, take care of yourself as well as you do everyone around you. Exercise, eat better, read, learn something new, appreciate your one body for everything it has done for you!
10. Write it Down
The best way to practice gratitude is to to do it every day!
Most Lovely Things in BHG!
Did you see Annie @Most Lovely Things in the new December issue of BHG!
If not you are going to want to head over to her blog and read the post about how it happened, the behind the scenes of the photoshoot and of course all of the projects that were featured in the magazine.
Annie will teach you how to make twig stars, wrap gifts and make gift tags.
Congratulations Annie, I love your feature and am so excited for you!
Make sure to get your copy of the December issue of BHG.
Weekend Outfit~A Little Sparkle
In other news
British Christmas Recipes to add to your holiday baking list.
I have this handheld mixer and love it.
This cheeseboard would make a lovely hostess gift.
I ordered these gingerbread inspired espresso cups as a gift and decided they were so cute I am keeping them.
Love these holiday trays(especially the plaid)
Get ready to celebrate the holidays with these 5 party platters.
Lucy has done it again, this bronze and black tree is gorgeous!
In Case You Missed It
This week I shared inspiration for decorating your front door and porch! Including this amazing house from Flower magazine.
One of my family and friends favorite holiday treat, rosemary and tarragon spicy mixed nuts.
5 Ways to Survive the Holidays, these next few weeks might be a challenge for many.
And last but not least my Friday Favorites post where you will find, food, finds, books and lots of links to interesting articles and more.
Before you go I wanted to say thank you! And to let you know how grateful I am for YOU.
I have been blogging for many years and although I originally started writing the blog for my family, I continue to write for all of the friends I have made here over the years, many of whom I have never met.
Your comments, emails, notes and prayers make my day and I am blessed to have had you by my side during some of the best and worst times of my life. Thank you for spending a part of your day with me and for making my life better for having you in it.
I hope that you enjoyed meandering today and that when you leave here you pop over to see all of the things that Kim and Juliet have discovered this week.
If you missed any of the previous Weekend Meandering posts you can find them all here
Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
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