Guest Post via Tiny n Fit: True Gratitude

Today’s guest post is from Krista of Tiny n Fit, and it’s all about gratitude!

I think there comes a time where you lose yourself in the chaos that is life. Family reunions, student loans, car troubles, bad hair days,
spouse annoyances, dishes, workouts, grocery shopping, daycare, commute, rent… I haven’t even mentioned work stress yet! Factor in loss, grief, anxiety, worry and you begin to wonder if happiness will ever make an appearance again.

worryPiggybacking off a recent post I did about remembering to savor the little joys in life, I’ve recently been thinking a lot about being grateful not only for the those little things in life, but much more. Life can be so hectic that we end up zeroing in on only the chaos and what we are missing in life that we forget to be grateful for what we do have. I think gratitude is so much more than just being thankful for having a job and working car. Though gratitude can be different for every person, I feel true gratitude is a deep-seated,  encompassing, touches-the-soul appreciation for what keeps up sane, keeps us grounded, and keeps us going in life. I think true gratitude can really affect the outlook you have on life and can really cultivate the happiness we envy of those that naturally exude it.

I myself am guilty of forgetting to be grateful. After my father passed, it was hard to feel anything other than sadness and despair. The profound void his absence left affected so many other areas in my life-relationships with family, friends, my passion for fitness and even my love for baking goodies for coworkers. It was hard to find happiness in most everything that used to being me joy. It was even
hard to be happy for others. But after awhile I grew tired of not being my formal-happy self. I knew I couldn’t flip the switch from sad to happy, so I simply willed it. Even today when I feel sick of being stressed out, I will a better outlook. It’s kind of a mantra I silently repeat to myself throughout the day and at any point stress gets out of hand: It will be a good day, I will not let stress overwhelm me, I will have fun. It took years of practice, but on really bad days it works. Having this outlook helped me to see the good things I was missing as well as a new appreciation that, with a bit of practice and awareness, I can be happy again, that life does go on, and the gratitude for this knowledge is priceless.

Color Run on my Birthday!

Color Run on my Birthday!

An interesting article I found online noted that gratitude can make it easier to cope with stress and trauma, even after such a traumatic event like 9/11. “A positive perspective allows you to obtain a better grasp on suffering. ‘Expressing gratefulness during personal adversity like loss or chronic illness, as hard as that might be, can help you adjust, move on, and perhaps begin anew,’ Lyubomirsky says. In the days following September 11, 2001, gratitude was found to be the second most commonly held emotion.” That is pretty amazing, don’t you think? A long-held belief of mine is that without suffering there can be no compassion. I feel that without gratitude there can be no contentment. With most things in life, anything worth having is worth fighting for. I think this is especially true for complete happiness. I believe true happiness is worth fighting for, and I am so grateful I have the opportunity to strive for happiness every day. I am grateful to have a wonderful and loving mom, sister, and niece and nephew:

Christmas at Disney

Christmas at Disney

I am grateful for my amazingly supportive friends:

Tubing!

Tubing!

I am grateful for my incredibly patient, kind, and adoring boyfriend:

NY Reunion and VAB trip Aug 2012 021

Love 🙂

And lastly, I am so grateful for this one life I was granted to fill with hope, wonder, laughter, memories, experiences, and love.

Wee!

Wee!

What are you truly grateful for in life? Do you practice gratitude?

Krista @ Tiny n Fit

4 thoughts on “Guest Post via Tiny n Fit: True Gratitude

  1. Great post! I do practice a life of gratitude and actually list my daily gratitudes at the end of my blog posts… think I skipped if on my St. Patrick’s Day one for the very first time as I don’t usually do posts on Sunday..

  2. I absolutely believe in the power of gratitude. I am so grateful for my family, our home, all of our opportunities, our health, and our happiness. I try to list ten things that I am grateful for each night before I go to bed. (It is even better to do that first thing in the morning.) Great post and thank you!

  3. You are so right! I lost my younger brother last April. After his death I was overcome with grief. I quit doing everything I loved. I knew it wasn’t healthy, and I began to put a lot of effort into integrating all the wonderful things that I’d set aside back into my life. Every single day I make a conscious effort to be thankful and grateful…for my wonderful husband, my other siblings, my health, my family, my friends, all the little things. Thanks for a great post!

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