The importance of a community of gratitude by Beth Jenkins @shieldsisterswq“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has been said time and time again that gratitude can drastically alter your mood, day, and life. I believe this to be one hundred percent true.

Would you believe it if I told you that just a few months ago I was at one of my lowest points? I spent night after night crying myself to sleep, upset over everything and harboring no happiness in my soul. I would toss and turn all night and beat myself up over what I considered myself to be: a failure. I would miss class, work, and social obligations to just lay down and do nothing but pity myself. It was bad and I hated myself for it.

I searched and read what had to be hundreds of blog posts about getting out of a funk. Nearly all of them had something about gratitude in them. However, all of their gratitude ideas suggested things such as bringing coffee to a friend, donating to a local charity, or writing your gratitude in a journal daily.

Well… those ideas are amazing but at that point in my life did not work for me. My best friend had just moved away and I didn’t really have any other real life friends, I did not have the funds to donate to a charity, and I would always forget to write in my gratitude journal or I would misplace it.

I then joined a gratitude group on Facebook that was geared towards vegans. I am not a vegan so while I loved the idea I did not quite mesh with the people in the group. I eventually chose to leave the group but was filled with this hope that maybe this is the direction I want to move towards in my personal journey to happiness.

I pushed the thought out of my mind for quite a bit until one of the #ProjectBuildHappiness Twitter Chats about gratitude reminded me of this group and my desires to create my own similar group to foster gratitude with a group of women. That night I created the Wandering Forevermore Gratitude Community. I invited a few of my closest friends and asked them to share 3 things they are grateful for each day. I do the same and it has been amazing these first few weeks.

Having a platform that I can easily share things that I am grateful for each day (because let’s admit we all have access to our phones almost 24/7) has drastically improved my attitude each day. I have reduced the self-pity and replaced it with self-love. I have become aware of all the greatness in my life which make the “bad things” seem a whole lot better.

Now I am inviting you to join me! Take the step towards personal gratitude and head over to the Facebook group to share your heart with a group of amazing ladies. I promise you that after a few days of sharing your gratitude list, you will begin to notice more and more small things that you are grateful for.