Click to enter Studio Club Members Area

You’ve viewed

You haven't yet viewed any products on our store. If you've been here before, you may need to sign in.

Journal

How to practice gratitude

The brain is a complicated thing that can run on several different levels at the same time. While we are consciously thinking, or talking, or doing chores, there is a busy back of house part of our brains that is searching and logging and classifying information like a very efficient and eager librarian.

It is this busy filing part of the brain that takes orders that we may not even be aware we have given, and puts together information to support them. This is why if we are considering buying something, or holidaying somewhere, we will suddenly notice that information, photos, and reviews about it seem to be everywhere. It is the librarian part of your brain rushing to help.

Beginning a Gratitude Practice is a way of putting this part of the brain to good use. By setting a particular time to write down, or to tell someone, about good things that have happened you are actively ordering the busy brain to keep a look out for good things as you go about your day.

You are programming the brain to focus on the good.

As is often the case when something is simple, there are various pieces of advice about how you should put together a gratitude practice. How many times a week, how many things to be grateful for, how to write it down, what time of day…

I actually don’t think it matters very much how you do it, just that you do it. You certainly don’t need to spend money on a special book.

There are, as I see it, only three rules:

  1. Make it regular so that the brain knows it is expected to be compiling the list of things to be grateful for.
  2. Get it out of your head – write it down, tell someone – as we used to – round the table, even record it as an audio file on your phone.
  3. Be descriptive. A generic ‘I’m grateful for my family’ type of list won’t work as well as ‘I’m grateful having time to watch how happy the puppy was, romping about with her new ball.’

Some people like to make a gratitude list in the morning to set them up for the day, I prefer early evening as my brain then is collating happy stuff all day, some find a daily list becomes a chore and do it weekly or even monthly.

The main thing is that in whatever for you do it, it works. Having a formal gratitude practice is the simplest, most effective, thing you can do to improve personal wellbeing.

You may also enjoy …

Comments: 1 (Add)

You must be signed in to post a comment. If you're already a member, please sign in now. If not, you can create an account here.
Wendy

Great idea! I find it hard to just summon up things I'm grateful for but I'm sure they are there. Will give this idea a bash ❤️

Snapdragon social

It is my birthday today and I intend to spend most of the day in the garden. 
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are a couple of orders to send out and some seedlings to drop off, but then it will just be me and this little menace pottering around the vegetable patch and putting seedlings in the ground (and hopefully not digging them up).
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then I will be away from the main Instagram feed for a couple of weeks. 
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I will still pop up from time to time in the Studio Club stories feed, but otherwise I'll be on a social media break.

📷 @katgoldin 

#momentslikethese
#the_gentle_manifesto
#daysofsmallthings
#natureandnourish
#aseasonalway
#daysofsimpleandslow
#ournaturedays
#aquietmoment
#pocketsofslow
#thesweetlifeunscripted
#folkandstory
#slowliving #mindfulgardening
My elder daughter Zoë asked for a stripy jumper knitted with wool dyed from the garden.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These are the finished skeins - currently curing in the studio - dyed with sweet cicely, dock, bay, birch and nettle.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In a month they will be ready to knit with.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The slowest of slow fashion.

#slowstitching #slowfashion #naturaldyeing #foragedcolour #foragedcolor #naturaldyersofinstagram #sustainablemaking #sustainablecraft #plantdyedyarn #plantdyes
I find that, unless I have a particular time set aside for doing something I often simply don’t get around to it.

Even when that thing takes half an hour, even when I really want to do it. 

So this weekend, in the Studio Club, we set aside some time to start making a balm from daisies. 
I videoed myself as I went along and was there to answer questions. 

It made me realise that it’s actually quite difficult to see from the outside all the things that go on in the Club week to week. 

So I’ve decided to send an extra email every month , just to the people on the waiting list, giving a access to something that is usually members only. 

If you’ve been wondering whether the Studio Club is for you, you can join the waiting list via my profile. 

The next opening is in August. 

#sustainablemaking #slowliving #seasonalhome #daisybalm #herbalife #startwhereyouare #
Kat Goldin came round for a cup of tea and a natter last week - and took this photo of me for the next edition of A Seasonal Way.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm posting it today because it shows off the dress that I am inordinately proud of having knitted! 

The bodice is the Deren cardigan by @jacquelinecieslak and the skirt just flares out from that into a mid calf twirl. 
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My pride is in the keeping going with the knitting . . . and in eventually using up some of the cones of wool silk yarn that I bought from a mill closure in 1984.

📷 @katgoldin 

#derensweater #derenpullover #jacquelineceislak #embodycapsulecollection #memademay2022 #memademay #memademayplus #memade2022 #sustainablefashion #seasonalhome
A week in dyes - recycled cotton threads from the dye pots, sorted, labelled and curing in the Studio.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
From left to right
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sweet Cicely and iron
Bloody dock
Bay and bloody dock
Bay and iron
Sweet Cicely and bloody dock,
Sweet Cicely

This year I’m exploring layering up colours and creating depth and also trying to work out how the base effects colour. 

#botanicaldye #alchemy #growyourowncolour #gameoftones #plantdyed #naturallydyedwool #plantdyersofinstagram #craftwithconscience
#shadesofnature #extractedfromnature #inspiredbynaturesbeauty
#slowstitching #sustainablemaking #foragedcolour
I picked this Black hero tulip when it fell down in the wind and put it so the evening light could shine through the petals - for unlit it looks a little undefined, a little absent, as many dark flowers do.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then as I took this photo it reminded me of the art nouveau drawings of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh - the willowy bend, the swoop of the curved base, the full head.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now I find myself speaking to it as I pass.

#howihueit #simpleandstill #capturequiet #beautyyouseek #calm_collected #aseasonalway #aseasonalshift #cornersofmyworld #slowlived #slowandsimpledays #quietchaotics #tulipblackhero #windowsillwednesday #ihaveathingwithwindows #ofsimplethings #beautyinsimplicity #floralstories #allthingsbotanical #underthefloralspell #slowfloralstyle #petalsandprops #nestandflourish #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #ihavethisthingwithflowers #moodforfloral #cornersofmyhome #aseasonalway #slowlivingforlife #aflowerfilledlife
It is warm enough to have the doors to the dye deck open again - this week there are dock, sweet cicely, bay and nettle in the dye pots, a shuffling around as they steep and simmer.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today I shall be writing up my initial results for dyeing with bloody dock (rumex sanguineus) for a Studio Club blog. 

I love having that space to put up progress reports - and the report is  very much in progress as the colours on wool and cotton were radically different - so members can follow along with my experiments.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Doors close to the Studio Club tomorrow - and the next intake of new members will be in August. If you fancy a summer of seasonal inspiration and slow living then you can find out more and join at www.snapdragonlife.com

📷 @katgoldin 

#mystudio #simpleandstill #capturequiet #beautyyouseek #calm_collected #aseasonalway #aseasonalshift #cornersofmyworld #slowlived #slowandsimpledays #quietchaotics #ofsimplethings #beautyinsimplicity #allthingsbotanical #mindfulsewing #foragedcolour #nestandflourish #livethelittlethings #thehappynow  #plantdyersofinstagram #aseasonalway #slowlivingforlife
I wrote a letter to the new Studio Club members yesterday. 

It was all about Euan’s Granny, and what she said to me when I was a stressed thirty year old. 

It was about what I thought she meant at the time and what I realise she meant now. (The letter actually goes out tomorrow morning so don’t worry if you haven’t got it 😂)

Then I took this photo of tulips at the ends of the vegetable beds and I remembered that at the time I was receiving the grandmotherly advice was also the year that I grew striped tulips for the first time. It was in my back garden in Old Kilpatrick and I took a bunch through for her. 

When we look back there is often such rhythm to our lives. 

#growyourownflowers #slowliving #cornersofmygarden #slowflowers #aseasonalway
snapdragon.life
FacebookTwitterPinterest

About Snapdragon Life

In the Studio Club I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.

Find out more about The Studio Club

Loading