The Happy Starfish

Living Mindfully & Celebrating Health, Happiness & Peaceful Living

10 great things before breakfast

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I was speaking with my cousin in Texas last night about Thanksgiving and how excited she had been and I know my family Stateside celebrated with loved ones and enjoyed the togetherness whilst devouring their veritable feast.

I woke up today feeling quite strange. I miss my family that are far away and this, coupled with the fact I haven’t been well for a while, led me to a rare case of ‘feelingsorryformyselfitis’.

At times like these I really have to make a conscious decision to practice an attitude of gratitude, so before I even got out of bed I compiled a list of ‘great things that have happened today before I even get up’.

1) My 6 year old son came and told me he loved me.
2) I have nettle tea to drink which will sooth my inflammation.
3) My amazing partner bought me some breakfast.
4) I have a nice warm comfortable bed to lie in.
5) I can hear my family laughing in the kitchen.
6) The sound of the rain on the window but I felt really snuggly.
7) Friends that care, I received a text asking how I was early this morning.
8) Our dog bought me the greatest gift ever (in her eyes) of a squeaky ball.
9) I have the luxury of a slower start being self-employed.
10) Hugs from my children before school.

This is such a great exercise to do if you are feeling down. If 10 amazing things can happen before I get up I can easily release any (false) expectations that today may be a bad day. After all we get back what we put out there energetically. I now feel excited at the possibilities the rest of my day holds.

One of my favourite proverbs is “give thanks for a little and you will find a lot”. It’s so true. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Sometimes we need to just open our eyes and see.

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Author: thehappystarfish - living mindfully

Louise Jensen is an award winning Naturopathic Kinesiologist, Mindfulness Meditation Coach and Nutritional Therapist, and is certified in many other therapies, including the Mind Detox Method (as featured on Discovery Health) where she graduated from the Mind Detox Academy in record time. Louise has overcome living with a disability and has 13 years experience helping others to heal, and shares her experiences through freelance writing. In 2012, Louise co-created The Happy Starfish, dedicated to celebrating health, happiness and peaceful living. Louise offers Mindfulness Coaching via workshops and Skype and specialises in anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

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