Hey mama. This is Mama’s daily dose. I’m Meghan Q Barrett of allyoumama.com. Well, today is a big day, it is the start of a new week, it is the start of a new month, it really just kind of kicks off the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is around the corner, then the next thing you know it’s Christmas. And then it’s New Years. And so I feel like this time just flies by this month, we’re going to have an overreaching theme of gratitude. And I challenge you this month, every single day, for the month of November to write down three things that you are grateful for. And in the next few days, I’m going to give you some ideas on what to write down for your gratitude things that you are grateful for in the past, the present, and the future, it will only take you one to two minutes a day. And as you’ll see in some of these talks that we’re having in this month, the effects of gratitude and journaling your gratitude are so many and research is continuing to show the positive effects of journaling. So if two minutes of something that is completely free, can really have all these positive effects on your life, then why not do it. And that brings us to… Mama’s daily dose is… gratitude is free. Let’s get moving, before we get interrupted.
Mama, there aren’t many free things in life. And yes, there is a time commitment to this, as I said in the introduction, maybe one to two minutes a day. But you’re not going to find that many free things in life that have as many positive impacts that gratitude has. Personally I have kept a gratitude journal on and off for a few years. And this year, I really committed to every single day I write down five things that I am grateful for before I go to bed. And it just really helps cap off the evening. And I go to sleep with a sense of gratitude for what I currently have, what I had in the past and everything that’s going to come to me in the future. And if you aren’t totally convinced, there are some statistics to0… like regularly journaling your gratitude, there’s a five to 15% increase in optimism, and 25% increase in sleep quality. Personally, I’ll take anything to help increase my sleep quality. And it also reduces aches and pains and a lot of toxic emotions and enhances empathy. In addition, it also helps with everything I think momma’s could use a little bit more of and that is patience. I know if it has helped me in one area, it is patience with my children. And if you can get all of these positive side effects from something that takes you one to two minutes a day and is totally free. Give it a try. Your challenge for this month is to write down three things that you are grateful for every single day.
Mama just grab that journal right now and write it down. Three things that you are grateful for… anything big or small. Just write down something that you are happy to have that you had, or that you will have and continue it for the next 30 days of this month and see what positive effects you get from it and have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.
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