a few months back i was asked to join a book club. in my mind, i was excited and nervous all at the same time. i love to read...when i have time. do i have time to read? maybe. can i make time to read? probably. so, i took the challenge. i was inspired to step out of my comfort zone and join a group full of fresh new faces. a group of beautiful women who gather to mingle, eat, drink, laugh and talk about their book choice for that month. it is almost like a mini therapy session. you leave feeling revived. some topics can be hard and emotional. they can bring up challenging memories from our past. other topics bring up joy, thankfulness and positive vibes, leaving you ready to conquer your next big decision in life. i feel like a book can take our minds to a different place. we become that character leading us to cry, laugh or just wanting to close the book so fast because it seemed so real.
the month of december , book club was hosted by my friend, kim, in her beautiful home. the moment you walk in, you feel a sense of calm, peace, good communication and friendship. i am loving my new circle of friends and am excited to continue learning their story in life. kim's chosen book was a very important book and topic. i felt it was perfect for december as well as 2018 coming to a close. the book was called a the simple abundance journal of gratitude
by sarah ban breathnach.
wow! gratitude! that is a big word. what does gratitude mean?
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
"she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"synonyms:gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; recognition, acknowledgment, credit
so, when was the last time you showed gratitude to yourself? to others? did you know that a five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent? the actual gratitude produced during those five minutes is small, but the emotions of gratitude felt during those five minutes are enough to trigger a grateful mood. while in a grateful mood, you will feel gratitude more frequently. when you do feel gratitude, it will be more intense and held for longer, and you will feel gratitude for more things at the same time. for this reason, you will find more happiness in life as well as increased self esteem, better health, more spiritual connections, stronger energy, deeper relationships and even improving goals in life.
i pray for my readers as 2019 approaches. for a year full of more gratitude, happiness and peace! happy new year friends!
“the roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama