Recently purchasing the book Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter, I was naturally transported back to my youth. One of my favourite memories as a child is watching the film where Hayley Mills plays Pollyanna. I loved just about everything about it, the big house, the location, the confidence of Pollyanna, and how she brought everyone together by playing her favourite game, 'the glad game.'
An orphaned daughter of missionaries, 12-year-old Pollyanna was taught to play the glad game by her beloved father before he passed. The goal was to find something every day to be glad about. An easy task for everyone to achieve when life is great, not so easy for us when life becomes a little challenging, yet that never stopped Pollyanna.
“... there is something about everything that you can be glad about if you keep
hunting long enough to find it.”
Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna
Research has suggested that grateful people have higher levels of subjective well-being, are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. In addition, they are more joyful in the long term, have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, self-acceptance, and have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life.
Interestingly, one study in teens who wrote letters of gratitude to other people for one month was more inclined to eat better. Other researchers noticed practicing gratitude may be correlated with minor improvements in cardiovascular health and help decrease the symptoms of depression, and even change our brain.
Showing one's gratitude is simply showing our appreciation for the large and smaller things in life from gifts, kind gestures, food, fresh air, clean water, rain for plants to grow, animals, trees, beautiful places to visit, the list goes on. It is easy to forget how essential it is to value and appreciate the many things in our lives and be grateful for our many blessings. Being thankful for these things not only allows us to feel good but also allows us to be in the NOW, the present. The present moment is the one we live in now, the only moment we have any control over.
"If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough."
As part of my gratitude to you for taking time out to read this, I would very much like to invite you to play 'The Grateful Game' with us. The game will take a minute of your time every evening at 7 pm. You may wonder why 7 pm? The number 7 is highly spiritual and is associated with thoughtfulness and collective consciousness. The more people who do this at a particular time, the higher Earth's vibration is raised for, the greater good.
7 pm will hopefully allow us to think about our day and find something to be grateful for. It could be the smallest of things like the sun shone allowing us to go for a walk, our pets greeting us at the door, a lovely meal, an act of kindness shown by a friend or stranger, or that big bar of chocolate we have in the cupboard with our name on it. The simpler, the better. If your day hasn't been all that great and you honestly cannot think of anything, allow yourself to remember this quote -
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift
That's why it's called the present.
Not only will we be raising the Earth's vibrations, but we will also be raising ours too. By doing this, we will be encouraging negative energies to be cleared, increase vitality and well-being, allowing the increase of abundance, and strengthening our ability to manifest
—a win-win for all.
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Gratitude is the best attitude 🥰
Sending Love & Light