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As I enter into my final day of pregnancy I’m feeling very grateful! Birthday season in my family is about to begin with at least four b-days before labour day and our little one will be part of the party, Happy B-day Leo’s!

While going through old cards and stationary I found a card that said the word Gratitude on it.  I remember getting it at Nia Palooza, a weekend event of Nia, a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body.  I went to this after my last day of work before my much needed disability leave from work.  My body and mind were worn out and I was adjusting to pregnancy and all the changes that came along with it, the achy back, swollen feet, fatigue etc.   That weekend, even though I only went for one night, re-set my mind and body into what turned out to be the best time for me.  I learned to love being pregnant instead of being uncomfortable, I took my days easy and did what my body and baby needed.  I started seeing a chiropractor who specialized in pregnancy three times a week and did prenatal yoga twice a week.  I saw my midwife once a month then once a week and I spent time with family and friends and rested when I needed to.  I started this blog and met other mamas out there including a friend training to be a doula and another friend who just had a baby.  I’ve researched, listened and learned and blogged and am now feeling gratitude for everything and everyone that has led me to this point.  So as I look into gratitude I pass it on….

Grat·i·tude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
“she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”
synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; recognition, acknowledgment, credit

Gratitude is an amazing thing and can do so much for you, I found an article listing The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life from emotional, personality, social, health and career aspects of your life.  It’s a positive psychology:

“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

Two Stages of Gratitude:  

First comes the acknowledgment of goodness in one’s life. In a state of gratitude, we say yes to life. We affirm that all in all, life is good, and has elements that make it not just worth living, but rich with texture and detail. The acknowledgment that we have received something gratifies us, both by its presence and by the effort the giver put into choosing it.

Second, gratitude is recognizing that some of the sources of this goodness lie outside the self. At this stage, the object of gratitude is other-directed; one can be grateful to other people, to animals, and to the world, but not to oneself. At this stage, we recognize not only the goodness in our lives, but who is to thank for it, and who has made sacrifices so that we could be happy.

Why Gratitude Works:

Gratitude is a selfless act. Gratitude acts are done unconditionally to show to people that they are appreciated, not because people are looking for something in return; however, that is not to say that people do not return the favor. Gratitude can be contagious, in a good way.

So pass it on….