A Grateful Brain

About a month ago, I saw an article about how the brain can actually rewire itself to think more positively by simply naming three things we are grateful for every day for twenty one days.

It intrigued me, so I tried it. It worked. Two nights ago, I woke up midway through the night and could not sleep. Instead of worrying about this or that, I challenged myself to list out one hundred things I was grateful for. I stopped at about one hundred fifty!

Friday one of our neighbors came by and said one of our trees fell over on their property. After she left, I hiked out to our back pasture to check it out.

Oh my goodness! You should see all of our wildflowers!! Queen Anne’s Lace, Philadelphia Fleabane, Brown-Eyed Susans, and wild blackberries. It is sooooooo beautiful back there.

While one one hand, a fallen tree is a mess and a ton of work, I think my brain exercise made me more mindful to the gifts laid out before me, via wild~flowers.

Honestly, those wildflowers have been there since May, but I haven’t been in them, or looked at them eye to eye, or reveled in their brilliant yellows and whites. They are literally everywhere and they are gorgeous!

I took some pictures so you could see, too. Here’s to noticing more and seeing more things with a more grateful brain. ❤️

(PS I’m 5’11” and some are knee high, others like this picture are about waist high, and some are over my head!)

33 thoughts on “A Grateful Brain

    • Hi. Thank you so much for saying you love this. Means a lot to me! I am really convinced that if we notice more, we see more! Hope you have a beautiful day!

    • Hi Faye. Love what you said. There are so many lessons in that. Especially the silver lining part. Thank you for your comments. Our whole acreage back there looks the same as these pictures– the place is brimming with blooms. So magical!

  1. Hi Jessica, Your message about gratitude is so important and I love how you framed it with your “tree incident” by focusing on the beauty all around you. Lovely photos and post.

    • Hi. Nice to ‘meet’ you. I LOVE what you said! Sometimes it gets soooooo easy to overlook the miracles and beauty that are right in front of us. Thank you so very much. I hope you have a glorious day!

  2. Oh Jessica, you connecting with me must be fate! I have had some anxiety/worry/depression lately that I realized positive thinking could help with, and I have been looking for ways to reinforce it…Your post is perfect, Thank you!! Today I am grateful for you!! Btw, I am sending this to a friend who struggles with worrying to much, I know it will help her too…wow your wildflowers are beautiful!
    Jenna

    • Oh my goodness. Thank you so very much for commenting. I am grateful for you today, too! I have been doing a lot of reading on the brain neuroplasticity and when I saw that it was possible to change the brain by doing this, I was like “I’m in!” A friend and I did it together and she is having similar results. So cool. Thank you for sharing this with your friend. Worrying is soooooo easy, isn’t it? It’s like second nature almost sometimes. But, we have amazing brains that change and have the ability to expand and learn new ways. At any age!!! It’s so refreshing! I love fate, don’t you???? So glad you’re here! Welcome!

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