The Fine Art of Gratitude

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There’s so much out there to be grateful for. 

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how grateful I am to have the life I lead. I have a loving (and sexy!) husband, a happy and healthy baby, and a supportive family and friends. I have a career that I love, and I live in a country – Canada – where the opportunities are bountiful.

Being grateful for what you have, even while you work to achieve more, is the most important part of having a fulfilling life. If you really want to feel good about your life right now, here are a few areas to appreciate.

Be Grateful for Where you are

I grumble with everyone when the chill of the winter starts to hit Toronto, where I live. Yes, the weather can suck sometimes, but I’ve made the choice to live here and I need to appreciate all the wonderful things about the place where I am. I’ve done a lot of travelling and I know there’s no perfect place to live. When the winter hits, I try to see it as an opportunity to do some skiing, catch up on my reading and writing (which don’t go as well when the sun-drenched activities of summer beckon), and watching some movies while cuddling with my husband on the couch. I’m also grateful to be living in an amazing country like Canada. I’ve travelled a lot and I’ve lived in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and I currently chose to be here. I live in a place where women’s rights are respected, different cultures are appreciated and woven into the fabric of our society, and same-sex couples have the right to marry. There aren’t many countries as awesome as that!

When you learn to appreciate the place where you live you feel more settled within yourself. Give thanks for all the benefits of the place where you live. If you know there’s some place you’d prefer, move there! In the meantime be happy for the place you’re in.

Be Grateful for your Health

No matter what your state of health right now, it could always be worse. Remember the saying: “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, until I met a men without any feet”. Try to be grateful for the condition of your health and improve whatever you have the power to change. Do whatever you can to improve the quality of your nutrition and the effectiveness of your workout routine to achieve optimal health.

Be Grateful for your Body

Many people are full of self-loathing when it comes to their bodies. No matter where you’re starting from, you should try to appreciate what you have. You may be 20 pounds overweight, but you could be 50 pounds overweight. Be thankful for where you’re at. Exercise shouldn’t be a way of punishing yourself for not having the body you want. Food shouldn’t be a way of torturing yourself. Treat your body with kindness and respect.

Never Forget

Remind yourself every day about all the blessings in your life. Give thanks for all the people who make your life better. Be thankful for where you live and for the strength of your body. Be grateful and you’ll be rewarded with a happier and more fulfilling life.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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