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How Gratitude Healed My Loneliness

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(From my November newsletter)

They say laughter is the best medicine. But the medicine of gratitude reaches deeper into our hearts. Giving thanks for what we have creates positive energy all around us. Gratitude brings more blessings, maybe not right away, but soon.

In my lonely years, I wanted a partner who would be a good fit: respectful, dog-loving, spiritual… My longing softened toward acceptance and even joy when I started to give thanks for what I already had – friends, family, job, home, and that God had a plan for my life. Even though it took a while for my partner to find me, being thankful made me feel better, especially when I made a written list or gave thanks out loud. It helped me realize that my life was good, even without a partner. One of the messages in Trust the Timing, is that we need to be mostly okay as individuals before we can have a healthy relationship. When my partner found me, he shared his own habit of giving thanks at the end of every day. I wonder if gratitude helped lead us back to each other when the time was right.

Every challenge holds an opportunity for thankfulness. I can get overwhelmed by the tasks related to my father’s death in January. Sorting through the things that once belonged to my parents is still hard. But I am thankful for the timing. Dad died right after I retired from my stressful job, so I have time to deal with the physical tasks and the emotional grief. When I miss my parents, I can be thankful that they are together now and don’t miss each other anymore.

Not only can gratitude help us feel better emotionally, it’s good for us physically. Many studies have discovered a connection between gratitude and wellness. This article shows that being thankful is good for our hearts.

I am thankful for you, my readers, for your support and encouragement.
May you have an abundance of blessings to be thankful for now and in the days ahead.

 

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A Memoir of Finding Love Again

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

19 thoughts on “How Gratitude Healed My Loneliness

  1. I agree with you and think about, how we need to be able to love ourselves, before we are able to love others, as they also deserve.

  2. May you also feel the sheer abundance of today. I know you’re always grateful ❤

  3. Even though Canada celebrated Thanksgiving over a month ago, the feeling is there, and I am thankful for YOU!

  4. Gratitude is invaluable. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I have been in your shoes and they are uncomfortable and drag you down. I’m thinking of you. You aren’t alone. Keep writing !!

  6. I am glad I was able to read this post… liked it a lot.. I know what emptiness and hollow inside can do.. I have written on it too!!☺️
    I have written a poem to show my gratitude to our mothers.
    Please do give it a read. I hope you will like it and other poems as well. 😀
    https://theunspokeninus.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/mother-a-blessing/

  7. Pingback: Books, blogs and people who made an impact in my life – Life balance

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