I was surprised to discover how a gratitude practice helped me feel more positive about myself and the world. As a friend explained, “you can’t feel hateful and grateful at the same time.” But are we missing out if we keep our gratitudes confined to a journal we keep in a desk drawer? What could happen if we share our gratitudes with the people who helped create them?
Since I’ve had a yard, I longed to have a picture worthy flower garden. Similarly, I’ve always wanted to be an active person who exuded fitness and positivity. The lessons I learned as a gardener helped me progress to my wellness goals once I stopped investing in quick-payoff behaviors and work toward long-term habit changes.