As the year comes to a close I always look back and reflect, whilst looking forward and setting goals. This year I have thrown myself into 'adult' life by getting married and having a baby. Added to this, I started to run my 200 hour teacher training course, something I've been planning for years. Suffice to say, life goals have been ticked off this year!
It's been easy to count my blessings, however life isn't always this full and with the ups there invariably come the downs. I've decided to start a gratitude, or happiness, jar in January and I'm inviting you all to join me on this. All you have to do is write down one thing each day that's made you happy or that you're grateful for and pop it in the jar. Then at the end of the year you can open all the notes and be reminded of what an awesome year you've had. And when you're feeling a bit down you can also dip into the jar and read a note, which is guaranteed to make you feel positive!
Practicing gratitude has been proven time and again to help improve our sense of wellbeing. We can get so caught up in the things that we think we want or need that we forget to appreciate what we have. But when we actively think about something that has made us happy the memory sparks the release of happy hormones... and remind us that however bad things may seem, there is always something to be grateful for.
So, in this time of giving, give yourself the gift of gratitude; your future self will thank you for it!
Wishing you all a wonderfully positive festive season and start to 2018. Namaste, Nathalie