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

  1. Elizabeth June 16, 2019 / 9:00 am

    Oh, Jessica, I love this post! Yes to gratitude and tiny things on our way!

    • Jessica June 16, 2019 / 10:04 am

      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!

  2. watchingthedaisies June 17, 2019 / 5:42 am

    I am with you on the healing power of gratitude Jessica, especially when it includes such beautiful flowers.

    • Jessica June 17, 2019 / 7:43 am

      Hi Bridgette, how are you??? Seems we think alike about flowers and grace. I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering how you are. ❤️

      • watchingthedaisies June 17, 2019 / 8:45 am

        Thank you Jessica. I am rather tired this week, as I was travelling last week and the week before. Catching up with my Reader and to do list this week. x

        • Jessica June 18, 2019 / 4:33 pm

          Hope you’re feeling rested up soon! ❤️

  3. Array June 18, 2019 / 10:56 am

    ahhh-this place suits you. beautiful-wild and free beauty

    • Jessica June 19, 2019 / 11:03 am

      HI Michele!!! Thank you so much. Love that- “wild and free beauty”. Hope you are well, Franscesa!!

  4. thechickengrandma June 18, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    It is so good to be conscious of the good things around us. It make the hard things easier to take and to find the silver lining in those times. Love the photos!

    • Jessica June 19, 2019 / 11:05 am

      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!

  5. Jane Lurie June 18, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    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.

    • Jessica June 19, 2019 / 11:15 am

      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!

      • Jessica June 19, 2019 / 11:42 am

        PS I have been looking at your photographs and website. Gosh, they are so beautiful.

  6. the Painted Apron June 19, 2019 / 7:41 am

    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

    • Jessica June 19, 2019 / 10:57 am

      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!

        • Jessica June 19, 2019 / 6:55 pm

          I haven’t… maybe it’s time. (insert smiley face here)

    • Jessica June 20, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      Crazy, right? Some of those Queen Ann’s Lace are towering. Doing pretty good here. You? How are the twins?

  7. Miriam June 26, 2019 / 4:25 am

    So beautiful and so inspiring. Giving thanks completely changes our perception doesn’t it?

  8. Sheryl July 5, 2019 / 10:42 pm

    The fallen tree/wildflowers made me think about the saying that you can look at a glass as being either half empty or half full.

    • Jessica July 6, 2019 / 5:04 pm

      Ohhhh, I love that!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  9. indianeskitchen July 14, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    So much beauty with nature! Thank you for sharing you beautiful pictures!

    • Jessica July 19, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Oh my gosh! How nice of you to say! Thank you so much!

  10. lovelyandgrateful July 18, 2019 / 2:20 am

    Beautiful photos, and completely agree that practising gratitude can be life-changing. :)

    • Jessica July 19, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      Hi! I totally apologize for the delay in replying. Thank you for your kind words. I agree, grateful is a good place to be. :)

  11. lovelyandgrateful July 18, 2019 / 2:28 am

    Beautiful photos of the wildflower meadow, and completely agree that gratitude can be life-changing. 😊

    • Jessica July 19, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      Hi. Thank you so much. There’s nothing better than wildflowers. Such beautiful things. :)

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