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On the Power of Gratitude: What Are You Grateful For?

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As Thanksgiving is here, many of you may be reflecting on what you’re thankful for.

I know some of you readers are not Americans, neither am I…

But we can still take Thanksgiving as a day to count our blessings (Ok… other than your six-pack) 😉

Gratitude is like a muscle. The more we are grateful for what we have in our lives, the more we train our thoughts to be more thankful for whatever circumstances we are in.

Of course, sometimes this is easier said than done. Imagine being thankful when you’re crammed like a sardine in a subway and the guy right next to you has really bad BO… (Well I guess you can be grateful that the subway is working!)

However, just like a 400 lb deadlift (not that I’d ever want to lift that…), you need to practice, day in and day out, to get there.

And yes, gratitude offers more positive energy (aka higher vibration), which in turn encourages us and people around us to be happier… which leads to plenty of benefits including more intimate connections (better sex!), higher productivity (more money!), and better health!

So in honour of Thanksgiving, here are top 5 things, other than my cats, awesome team, family and friends (I’m not going to bore you readers with my mushy love notes to them), I’m thankful for.

I’ve deliberately chosen to write about these topics because I hope you can also join me and be thankful for these simple treasures you have in your life.

#1: My Readers

First and foremost, I’m SO thankful for your support of my site and for taking the time to read my posts. It has taken me a few years to summon the courage and build this blog, and I’m thankful for your support of my ramblings. *muah*

#2: Clean Water

Weird, eh? I don’t think many of you realise the importance of water. Neither did I, until I watched documentary Blue Gold, as well as Nature Conservancy’s video. According to Charity Water, “diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.”

I’m grateful that I can indulge in a hot water bath now, though I do wonder if I’ll be able to do that in the next ten years…especially given recent droughts around the world.

#3: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (and Honey Bees!)

I’m thankful that I can still enjoy my fresh fruits and vegetables. You may be thinking… what? This girl must be a bit weird.

No seriously. Colony collapse disorder has been threatening the health of honey bees, and the decrease in our honey bees is threatening global crop production.

According to the United States of Agriculture, commercial production of many specialty crops like almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables depend on pollination by honey bees.

And since fruit and vegetables are my favourite foods (and staples) that give my diet diversity, nutrition, and flavour, I’m truly appreciative of my foods… and the honey bees who are responsible for pollinating them.

Strawberries, cashews, peaches, cherries are a few plant foods, amongst many, that honey bees pollinate.

#4: Chocolate

Oh, I love my chocolate. I’m thankful that I can indulge in my raw chocolates and feel absolutely orgasmic after a little choco-love bite (hey ever wonder why women prefer chocolate to sex?)

… though I was a bit sad to hear that the impending cocoa shortage is very real. Other than demand outweighing supply, climate change has led to a decrease in cocoa supplies in West Africa, where more than 70% of global cocoa supply is produced.

So perhaps you may want to indulge yourself… while you still can.

#5: Being able to kite/surf/swim in the ocean

I love the ocean. Being able to surf in the morning watching the sun rise is so beautiful and leaves me awestruck by nature’s beauty.

However, in most of the ocean and beaches I’ve been to, the water usually contains plastic and garbage.

Even Gavin McClurg, Nat Geo’s People’s Choice Adventure of the Year states, in his blog, that “there is no longer such a thing as a pristine beach. I haven’t stepped on a beach sans garbage in years.”

And a part of me wonder if we’ll still be able to swim in the ocean in the next ten years if we don’t collectively take action, preserve our seas, and reverse the damage already done. Well I guess we can all dip in the Ganges River …

Perhaps the simple daily pleasures we take for granted should be cherished.

Now, your turn, what are you thankful for?

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