Gratitude is Bliss

New Year has started. This is the time of the year when we have made our new year’s resolutions and are thinking about the ones from last year, if we have completed any of them and why not 🙂

Before writing my resolutions at the beginning of this year, I have decided to actually make a list of things I am grateful for. Grateful to the universe, to myself and to others…

Some research show that being grateful has some very good and positive effect on our overall health. The final goal is happiness. And how does it all work? It is actually quite simple. You start thinking about all the things you are grateful for, that automatically makes you feel more relaxed, makes you think about good things, positive experiences, happy memories and makes you feel good overall. When we think about gratitude, we tend to think less about material stuff and more about the things that actually matter. True values. This whole cycle of thinking leads to increased energy and more self confidence. The level of stress decreases, we sleep better, we think better, we feel better. Some experts say this can affect longevity.

I heard it is a good idea to write a diary of gratitude. So, let’s begin.

1. Viktor.
The most important person. My baby, my child. The most wonderful, purest and greatest aspect of my life. Every parent knows what I am talking about. I became a mom last year and everything has changed, to better of course!

2. My amazing parents!
They have been my support system since ever. The best and most important role models in my life. They always know the answer to every question and can solve any problem, no matter what. They are always there for us, to talk, to give advice, to laugh together, to give a warm hug, to love endlessly. Bless ’em!

3. My sister!
Irreplaceable! Everyone who has a sister, knows exactly what I am talking about. Love her to pieces!

4. My V!
„media naranja“. „soulmate“. „srodna duša“.

5. The Family.
I have a big family. I have two grandmas, grandpa and uncle. They raised me. Their unconditional love has been following me and giving me strength since I was a little girl. They shaped my life in so many aspects.  Long live the family!

6. Health.
Priceless. To enjoy a good health is sometimes underestimated. Taking care of our health should be essential.

7. Lili!
Our dog. Our good girl. Everybody’s favorite. The best!

8. Friends.
Old ones and new ones.

9. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

10. Wine 🙂

11. Ballroom dancing!!!
My biggest passion in life, my escape from reality! I shall dance as long as I live.

12. Old photo albums.
Now we can see where Viktor’s look really comes from  😛

13. Yoga.
Yoga has become part of my daily routine since I was pregnant and it still is. It heals my body and soul.

14. Sushi!
I have been a complete addict for the last two years. Thanks God it is healthy 🙂

15. Summer sunrise.
I never knew how beautiful it actually is. Last summer Viktor used to wake up between 5 and 6 am. At the time it was so difficult for me to start my day so early. However, now I keep remembering all of those fresh and peaceful mornings where the only thing I could hear was his beautiful little voice and the sun would slowly bright up the room.

16. Good recipe books.
I love trying out new, interesting and healthy recipes. Since Viktor started eating solids, I enjoy making food for him. I tend to make such crazy and healthy mixes, I often end up eating them myself.

17. Date nights.
Since we became parents we don’t go out that often as before, but we are always so happy when we do. However, we can have great date nights at home as well  🙂

18. Sales and clearances.
Simple as that.

19. My morning protein shake with spinach.
It has been my favorite drink for the last year. HERE is the recipe. Check out what makes it so great!

20. Seaside!
Waves, sand, sun, beach walks, that special aromatic sea air, freedom.

21. Bajina Bašta.
My hometown. I am always so happy when I travel there. My family lives there and every visit is so special. I was so lucky to spend my whole last summer there with Viktor. It was a bliss.

22. Dishwasher.
Oh, what a lifesaver 😀

23. Google.
I think everyone understands.

24. My comfy couch.
At the end of the day, I just loooove to lay there, watch a movie or a TV show or read a book.

25. Grandma’s cookies.
They are the best in the whole world.

26. Mom’s cheese pie (gibanica).
Tastes like home.

27. Dad’s foot massage at the end of the long day.
Refreshing!

28. Mommy time.
Every bit of mommy time for reading a good book while drinking a cup of coffee or a warm tea became so highly appreciated.

29. Picture frames.
I am obsessed with putting photos into frames and finding a perfect place for them in my home.

30. Viktor’s new room.
It is so lovely. It has become everybody’s favorite part of our home. I might do a room tour here on blog.

31. Chocolate doughnuts.
Dunkin’ donuts & McDonalds are my favorite.

32. Nature.
There is no place like nature to fully refresh your body and mind.

33. Mountain Tara.
For so long I have wanted  to buy a property there and last summer I finally did it! Dream come true.

34. Shoes!
I am a complete addict. I have more than 60 pair of shoes.  #callmecrazyidontmind
“I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes” C. Bradshaw

35. Music.
I have loved music since I have become aware of the world around me. It completes my every day. My parents, especially my dad have influenced my music taste a lot, and thank them for that.

36. Walks in the park with Viktor.
That special time that we have for just the two of us. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

37. Kind people.
Now that I am a mom I can really feel the difference in people’s (complete strangers’) actions. I mostly refer to little things that people do for others. People that hold the door for you, help you out with a pushchair, let you pass the queue so the baby doesn’t wait and more. Little things matter.

38. Victoria’s secret.
Oh my! This definitely is my favorite brand! I am obsessed with their beauty products. Those heavenly smells and textures! Oh my!

39. Winter wool socks.
Is there anything that makes your feet so warm? No there isn’t  🙂

This is my list of things that make my life better, that I am so grateful for.

Try making your own list and feel free to share it. I would love to see what makes your life prettier. And if you have kids that are old enough, you can make it a habit for both them and yourself to ask them think about the things they are grateful for. You can start and set an example. You might just be surprised with their answers.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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