The practice and habit of gratitude is something I am continually working on. November always brings us the reminder of being grateful and many people make lists or share a thing a day they are thankful for.
This practice is not just a November tradition. When we remind ourselves what we are grateful for, it changes our brain. This is an interesting article on how being grateful changes your brain. I liked this article too.
If you want some ways to practice gratitude, here is a list of gratitude “exercises”. My personal favorites are the Rampage of Gratitude and, of course, Morning Coffee Gratitude.
A few weeks back I shared the five minute journal. The entire concept of this journal is to focus on the positive at the beginning of each day.
In addition to a focus on gratitude, I have also been cooking soups like crazy. This week a friend brought me Thai Basil Chicken Soup because I was feeling under the weather. This isn’t her recipe but it is close. That started me thinking about some delicious winter soups I could make. On Friday I made clam chowder with no recipe but it was similar to this one however I added dill and bacon and I left out the potatoes. It was AMAZING! Then last night I made a good chicken noodle soup. Again, no recipe, but it include all the usual suspects.
We are expected to get snow this week so I see many more soups coming up soon. I will be sure and share them with you.
For today, I am grateful for warm coffee and a cozy, rainy morning. What are you grateful for?