Thursday 15 January 2015

The power of gratitude #GiveThanksThursday

Back in January 2011 I started a blog linky called Reasons to be Cheerful, it was born out of my desire to praise the Lord for all the wonderful things that happen in my life and for all the small (and often missed) treasures I spot in every day life.

They say everything has a season and by the end of 2013 Reasons to be Cheerful had run its course and I handed it over to two wonderful bloggers Jo at OJO's World and Becky at Lakes Single Mum and they are still happily running it. For me, if I'm honest I've missed running a linky and the community and interaction that comes with it, so as of next week I'm launching a new Thursday linky.

I'll be running a new linky called Give Thanks Thursday and will be using the hashtag #GiveThanksTHursday or if you need to save characters then just #GiveThanks! After a couple of weeks of joining in with Karin for her #3GoodThings project sharing daily what is rocking my world has reminded me that this is what floats my boat! I need to be back in the driving seat expressing my gratitude and encouraging others to be positive and do the same.

For me as a Christian it is important that I express my gratitude as the bible tells me 'to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever' Psalm 106:1 but you do not have to share my faith to believe in the power and necessity of practising the principle of gratitude. I am living proof that gratitude makes a massive difference in your life. With practise when you choose to look for the good and see where you can be thankful rather than focusing on the bad you will find your mood, your health, your outlook on life and your contentment lift. It is a precious gift indeed to feel content, practising gratitude really helps with that.

I'll share with you an excerpt from my Reasons to be Cheerful page from 2011 -
Do you know what I believe are two of the fundamental keys to happiness? One, is to choose to be happy and the other is to want what you already have! Endless seeking of things, money, status, time or anything else will never fulfil you! This is where the gratitude comes in....  
How to join in
Every Thursday morning at 7am my post will go live and you need to write a post and link up. I'm not big on rules. I don't mind how you express your gratitude - it can be photos, words, a poem, a recipe - whatever you like.  Share just one thing or share 100, it does not matter but make it personal and make it work for you. If you are joining in with #EmbraceHappy and have a post written for that you might like to add it to the linky here.

If you want to take my blog button and add it to your post that would be wonderful as it allows people to find the blog-hop and join in if they want to.

Please comment on my post as the host and I'll make sure I hop over and comment on yours too. I'll also endeavour to social share them all.

Then please visit and comment on at least 2 or 3 other posts in the linky. Blog-hops only work when people take the time to share the commenting love.

Remember we are using the hashtag #GiveThanksThursday and using that will allow me and others to find your post

This week for me
Here are just a few snippets of the silly things that have been making me feel really grateful -

1. Bath bombs - the girls are loving baths together since they discovered bath bombs and this means I can clean the dinner things in peace whilst they have fun
2. I took in my first ever Christmas cake to work and I got really good comments, so I gave the Sainsbury's delivery man a slab and he said I made his day and that made my day
3. My car has been fixed and it cost less than I expected. It is such a blessing to just jump in it when I need to.
4. I lost 4.5lbs at my first weigh-in this week and was wearing jeans, so it was a true reflection of what I have lost

I really hope you fancy joining me next week. I'm not aiming for this linky to be the biggest or the best, just to meet some new people, reconnect with some old friends and see the positive results that come from practising gratitude on a regular basis.

Keep smiling, Mich x
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