I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. It’s such an important practice in our lives, but we don’t always give it a thought. When was the last time you stopped and said to yourself, ‘I am grateful for this moment?’ It’s not an easy thing to practice, let me tell you. I’ve been dabbling in it recently as September and October have brought on moments where I’ve needed to search for the gratitude in my life. I recently have been doing some research on the topic, and I really wanted to share some of the amazing books, podcasts and more on gratitude that can help us all give it a go!
1, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown I am currently in the middle of reading this book, and boy is it a good one. If you haven’t heard of Brene Brown, go to YouTube and type in her name. You’ll see her famous TEDX Talk, with over 8 million views, where she talks about the power of being vulnerable. In the book, Brown gives us the tools to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough. It truly is a remarkable book, one that is so easy to relate to thanks to Brown’s Texas-charm in her writing.
2. Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Podcast
Okay, so I don’t know about you but I LOVE Oprah. She has been one of my favourite celebrities for so many years now, I loved her talk show, and I love her OWN channel. This year, I found her Super Soul Sunday podcast on Spotify and fell back in love with my afternoon walks at work. there’s a new podcast released once a week, but there are so many on there right now to binge listen to it’s crazy- including interviews with Dr. Maya Angelou, Ralph Lauren, Dwayne Johnson, Dr. Phil and Amy Schumer, and more! I find these interviews so relaxing because the topics are usually surrounded by spirituality, gratitude, creativity, success, love, etc. Plus, IT’S OPRAH PEOPLE!
3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is in my constant rotation. I read it at least once or twice a year, it works great for when I need a little inspiration. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote the famous novel, ‘Eat Pray Love,’ but this book has got to be my number one from her. The beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her unique perspective about creativity. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. Gilbert has the perfect balance of soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism and encourages us to find the ‘strange jewels’ that are hidden within each of us. Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy for those who need it the most.
Another tip I would suggest is once a day, write three things you are grateful for that day. As I said, gratitude is a practice, and this is like your gratitude homework! Gratitude is not an easy thing to feel everyday, things happen to us, but it’s those moments of feeling grateful that can pulls us out of that darkness.