The Power of Gratitude...
About two weeks ago, I was reminded of the importance of feeling grateful on a post from Zen Habits. It discussed of the eight important ways that gratitude can change your life, which includes the following:
1) Have a morning gratitude session.
2) When you're having a hard day, make a gratitude list.
3) Instead of getting mad at someone, show gratitude.
4) Instead of criticizing your significant other, show gratitude.
5) Instead of complaining about your kids, be grateful for them.
6) When you face a major challenge, be grateful for it.
7) When you suffer a tragedy, be grateful for the life you still have.
8) Instead of looking at what you don’t have, look at what you do have.
Yesterday was my two month wedding anniversary with Greg and I was reminded of this particular entry because he pointed out how gratitude can transform a marriage or relationship. He also stated if we constantly criticize our spouse, the marriage will slowly deteriorate and if we ever find an urge to criticize, we need to stop, take a deep breath, calm down and think about all the reasons we're grateful for our spouse. Then share it as soon as possible and the relationship will become stronger. The love will grow and all will be right in the world.
Last night, Greg and I celebrated our anniversary by attending the Ingrid Michaelson concert in remembrance of our first dance song. It felt nostalgic to hear it live. She is such an amazing and talented artist. I love her wit and charm. She has a new song titled, "Everybody," which will come out soon and I personally think it'll be a hit. =)
Happy anniversary Greg! As a reminder of what I promised you two months ago, here's a piece of the vows found on my google docs =) I love you and so grateful you're in my life!
I, Tam Vu, take you, Greg Lontok to be my partner, loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know. I will cherish our union and look forward to the chance to grow together, getting to know the man you will become, and falling in love a little more every day. I promise to love and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully in your successes and struggles, to care for you in sickness and in health and to grow with you throughout the seasons of life. Let me be the shoulder you lean on and the arms that give you strength. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward as long as we both shall live…