Finding A Heart of Gratitude-
4 Steps To A Happier Life
Brought to you by Nancy at Domesticraft and Dana Dapoppins
There is actually an article on Web MD about how gratitude is good for your health, (Have we mentioned that yet?) I'm pretty certain a regular doctor would never prescribe gratitude for dealing with stress. Mostly when we go to the doctor, tell him about that overwhelmed feeling we have, he just hands out a pill. At least the doctors I've visited have been ready to hand out a pill. Although the concept of living in thankfulness is a big part of most major religions, most of the writings I've come across note that it's not a natural or easy human condition. We have to practice and learn gratitude.
2. Be thankful for what you have
In my career as a nanny I have worked in many very nice homes. Some of them were very, very nice, from kitchens big enough to live in, to home theaters, and bathrooms in every corner. I didn't grow up in that kind of "nice," nor do I live in that kind of nice now. My finances are a drop in the bucket compared to my employers. I don't have a lot of "new" or "designer" or "top of the line" things in my home and sometimes (read often) it feels like my family struggles with the basics.
I watch my employers spend money on new things with no fear of the consequences, while I carefully count every dollar.
I had to learn a long time ago to control the urge to envy and feel jealously.
It would be so easy too. They have nice things. I want nice things. They have house keepers. I want a house keeper.
But going down that road would hurt me as a person more than it will ever affect them. Seriously. How can I care for someone else's children with love and laughter while feeling uncontrolled envy at all they posses? I would be miserable and it would come out in everything I do.
And if I was always focused on what I don't have, I couldn't see what I Do have - and I would feel less. Not only poor in finances, but impoverished in spirit.
3.Give Stuff Away
Strangely, giving some of what I do have makes me feel richer. Blessing others makes me feel like I have spent more and in a good way. Giving erases my lack, and puts me on level with the prosperous people I work for in a way that is hard to describe. They can afford to give generously - and so can I, in my own way.
4.Reject the fear of Rejection
Giving isn't always easy.
To be honest there is this weird thing in me that worries what I have to offer will be rejected. Even if I gift someone who is in hardship with a little gas money, a really ugly voice in my head will squeal, "That's not good enough! You shouldn't even bother."
I don't know where that ridiculous, ugly voice comes from, but it is there every time I want to give something away.
My word for the year 2015 is fearless, and I am moving fearlessly forward. I am ignoring that ugly, unreasonable voice. Because once I get past the fear - the reward of blessing someone else in a tangible way drowns out that voice.
That being said.....
DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....
I am honored to host this weeks Gratitude Giveaway!
To be entered to win all you have to do is comment. Every comment on every platform counts. Visit This Post Here to Find a List of ALL our Social Media. (You can also find them in our sidebars) And you know what, if you comment on our Istagram profiles will give you an +2 entries!
This giveaway is brought to you by E-BAY. I was just window shopping with I came across an auction for a bunch of 7 Gypsies items. I love how "alterable" 7 Gypsies is and so I wanted what I saw.
There were a lot of great things in the auction. All of which I could use, there were a couple things in the auction that retail at over twenty five dollars. So I bid.
Okay, I bid a couple of times, until $25.00.
And I won. Peoples. My goodness. I got a huge box in the mail. I was sent multiples of almost everything.
I'm Grateful for this unexpected bounty!
Nancy took such cute photos for her giveaway here. I'm still working on my staging. How am I do'in Nancy?
So, here is some of the stuff the winner will get. Most of the stuff. Well, ALL of the stuff but there is a really good chance I will add more paper. A pretty good chance I might add some other things from my craft hoard. A really good chance I might throw in something I've made...
If I'm gonna send a box to someone I might as well send a BOX to someone. (U.S. only)
Now prove to me there is no reason to fear anyone would "reject" my giving away stuff and leave a comment! Have you ever been afraid to give something away because of rejection? What is your biggest obstacle to generosity? Do you even like this kind of crafty giveaway? Let me know! Comment on my blog. Nancy will be posting later this evening too, so comment at Domesticraft.blogspot.com. Comment away and let us know you are enjoying this Gratitude Journey.