I've managed to start and maintain a few good habits recently.

There's three in particular that I've been 'meaning to get around to' for a long while.

  • Blogging every day
  • Swimming every week
  • Regaining the daily practice of meditation

Each of them has added genuine value to my day and I'm really thankful for that.

In fact, I was thinking about being thankful today when a friend reminded me of an awesome TED talk by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.

He talks about the myth that gratefulness comes from being happy, but in fact, it's the other way around.

Happiness comes from being grateful.

It's a pretty powerful message.

So the next habit I am going to start is a gratitude journal.

Immediately after meditating each morning, I'm going to write a list of ten things I am thankful for.

Some may appear on the list every day, in fact, at least 3 or 4 will for sure.

But I'll try to find new things too.

Watching the talk above made me re-question where I was heading and how my actions were contributing to that.

I'm thankful to have been shown it again today. I think I needed it.