I'm so grateful to show love and to see love shining back to me. I'm grateful to have an amazing boyfriend who drove all the way out to my house just for a short visit last night and brought me a special treat. I'm grateful for all the love and patience he shows me even when he has stress of his own. I'm grateful to be able to shine that beautiful love back to him and show him he is loved. I'm grateful for my friends that show their love for me and allow me to express my love for them. I'm grateful for my dogs, whose love seems never-ending. I'm grateful to bring them small gifts to brighten their day and I'm grateful to have relaxed mornings like today that I can spend the time to snuggle with them and give them love and affection. I read last night that one of the "tricks" the mind plays is that when you do a favor for someone, you actually believe you like the person more even though you did the favor. (YouTube video, 10 Tricks Your Mind Plays on You) The brain interprets that favor as doing something for someone you really like and so you feel a stronger liking for that person. I'm so grateful to have learned this! People ask about how we can make a more loving world... perhaps through doing favors! As we give love, that love circles back around to us again. The more we help out in our community and help those around us, whether we know them or not, the more we build a kinship and a connection to the community and people in it. The more connected we become the less acting out there should be as there is a stronger support system. Right? So today I am grateful to show love. I am grateful to receive love. I am grateful for the beautiful people and community in which I am surrounded! And I am grateful to practice the act of love everyday, with those that are close to me as well as those I am meeting for the first time. How can you "grow" love? What small favor can you do for someone today? May today be a blessed day full of love and joy!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.