Nov 24, 2020

The Art of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

From our family to yours, we wish you the best of everything this holiday season, our Gratitude knows no end.

We hope you are safe and happy celebrating home, and hearth, and food, and togetherness – even if it’s over video through the internet (for safety reasons!).

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

Giving Thanks

I wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You.  Thank you to all our supporters, our customers, those of you who tell your friends, family, and fellow local Gardening Facebook Group members about us.  We are humbled by your loyalty, your kindness to our staff, your referrals to family and friends, your wonderful words in your reviews, your votes for Best of the Bay (which we didn’t win, but hey, we were nominated! How cool is that?!?!?), and your confidence in us! 

To Our Friends, Customers & Followers, Thank You!

We truly appreciate your visits and your business!

Reflections on Gratitude

It’s the end of the year, and many of us take a few moments to reflect on the things that really matter while we review what happened since the start of the year.  In doing that, I like to assess all the things that I’m grateful for.  If you have seen my personal Facebook page, I’ve been doing a 14 Days of Gratitude Challenge that ended today (Thanksgiving Day) where I chose something to be grateful for each day – some were pretty small and random, but they “sparked Joy” as Marie Kondo would say, so I identified them. 

That’s the great thing about gratitude – it doesn’t take some huge deal/situation/event to feel that mood boost from living in the moment and expressing thankfulness in the now. It can be a small and random expression of a moment or notion and have the same positive effects on your well-being and even the happiness of those around you.

Enjoy the Little Things

Take a moment to appreciate small notes of joy and moments of wonder.

I have to admit, some days it’s hard to find something to be thankful for. A lot has happened in 2020, much more than many ever thought could happen all in one year, and a lot of it was bad. The media conglomerate news agencies want you to think the world is ending every day (because that’s what keeps you watching and keeps the advertising dollars flowing into them – don’t fall for it – bad news pays their bills and robs you of your sanity, and your happiness!).  

Finding the Good

So tell me, what has happened that was good?  Can you identify one good thing that’s happened to cancel out all the bad?  Maybe not, and that’s OK, keep looking.  It’s there!  Even finding one small thing – anything at all – is the struck match that lights the darkness in that moment.

Find The Good. It’s All Around You.

It may take a moment of thinking, but there is goodness all around you. Find it, and hold on to it.

I want to challenge you – and only because I’m challenging myself – to find ONE THING GOOD in any situation you encounter (or have encountered) in your life this year, or something that happened in the world that really upset you, and find that silver liningBecause I can tell you for a fact that we see whatever it is we’re looking for (it’s been proven scientifically*, by the way).  That is part of our psyche, part of being human.

What it really means to see exactly what you are looking for is this: 

You can look for the bad in anything and you’ll find it.  But you can choose a different path.  You can choose to look for the good, and you will find that instead.  

So I ask you to choose gratitude.  Choose to say “thank you”.  Choose hope.  Choose love.  

Life will be infinitely better that way.  I promise.

Thank you for reading, and in case it wasn’t completely clear: we are grateful for YOU.

Until next time, Keep Growing!

Marissa

 

*P.S. Here are citations for the claim I have made about the fact that we see what we’re looking for (because I’m a research nerd and you deserve some good articles!) – it even has a name, “motivated seeing”:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/between-cultures/201907/why-we-see-what-we-want-see

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-019-0637-z

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2006-12810-003

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1954-07342-001

 

And here’s a few more, just for fun, about gratitude and the science & neuroscience of being thankful:

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mindful-anger/201807/science-proves-gratitude-is-key-well-being

https://positivepsychology.com/gratitude-happiness-research/

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