Gratitude journal
three good things

Aug 31, 2019

Dynamic, adventurous and fun

There has been much to be grateful for over the last six weeks or so; I’ve just been a bit lackadaisical in writing about it.

However, this evening as August turned into September C and I were honoured to be invited by one of our friends to celebrate her birthday at the Grapes. Nothing unusual in that, except that our friend and her friends were all about half our age. In truth, C and I were old enough to be their parents, which it was why we felt honoured to have been asked to join them.

And we were both grateful for a wonderful evening. It was so refreshing to be in the company of the next generations. They were dynamic, enthusiastic and great fun, and very different from the majority (but not all, thankfully) of our own older friends, many of whom seem to have lost their joie de vivre and turned individualistically inward looking and a bit curmudgeonly, more interested in their next appointment with their chiropodist than with making a difference in the world.

Its half a century on from Woodstock, that icon of a rebellious and energetic young generation. Many commentators describe today’s younger generations as conventional and uninspiring, the opposite of the Woodstock generation. They are accused of prioritising stability over adventure and risk-taking. I’ve never agreed with that sentiment and this evening certainly added points to my side of the argument. Our companions round the fire tonight were full of life and the future, they were creative and entrepreneurial, outward looking and enthusiastic, and a joy to be with.

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

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