7 Days of Gratitude: Day 8

As I wrap up my 7 Days of Gratitude challenge, I’m grateful for one more thing; thanks Paiboon, for your ‘My Treasure Box‘ post, explaining just what I wanted to accomplish by doing this!

I came across the idea of magical moments some time ago. We all have magical moments in our lives, that’s undoubtable. The question is really, do we notice them, and how much of them do we remember? Paiboon makes a great point for capturing down our magical moments, so I won’t repeat myself here, and he does have the the warmest smile I’ve ever seen from anybody so there must be something to it :)

If you haven’t read My Treasure Box yet, go devour it now before you come back and continue reading!

It’s been documented that people who lead healthier and longer lives are, surprise suprise, more positive in their attitudes. And one of the keys to their positivity is that they tend to remember more of the good times they’ve had than the bad.

Looking back on these last 7 days, it’s been a real trip. I can’t imagine, for example, that it was just 5 days ago on Day 3 that I was involved in a traffic accident, restraining someone to wait for the ambulance! But the act of capturing it down has helped me to remember, and given a place for me to review it.

And the most obvious thing about the last 7 days that’s been all the same is; the things I’ve been most grateful more weren’t things; it was people. The people I love and who love me make my life rich beyond any of the material things that I’m have (which I’m grateful for too), and I am so so grateful to have them in my life.

The challenge has been a good experience for me. For those who’ve been following me through these last 7 days, what’s been your experience? What have you learnt and gained from these last 7 Days of Gratitude?

9 Responses to “Fast and Effective Ways for Coping with Stress”

  1. Julie Melillo
    November 9 2008 at 5:50 am #

    I really enjoyed this post. It’s easy to forget how powerful our physical reactions are! I like your approach here. Especially reminding the reader that we are not always ready for change — though we think we are! I agree that the real failure is letting fear stop us. Thanks for posting this!

  2. karen parsons
    November 9 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad it was helpful! “Coping with Stress” is a part of a series of articles on Stress that I have written, hopefully Life Coaches Blog will be posting the rest. So keep in touch!

    Kindest regards,


  3. Jill R.
    November 10 2008 at 6:55 am #

    This is a great article. I especially like the list of symptoms… some of which a lot of people may not recognize as a sign of stress.

    It’s also important to continue with your stress managment activities even when there are no signs or symptoms of stress. Doing this will help you become stressed less often and ward off stress before it even begins.

  4. karen parsons
    November 10 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi Jill,

    Absolutely, it should be a way of life! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    Kindest regards,


  5. yvonne
    July 1 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    Great site!!!!! Good health is very important with the high cost of medical coverage. We need to have a healther lifestyle by taking care of our health eating and exercising. I am a cancer survivor and I know. Our health is our greatest asset. Keep up the Good Work!!!!!

  6. Rev. Dr. Bush
    January 16 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    The physical body does not differentiate between happy stress and overwhelm. Stress is stress. We need to develop coping mechanisms in our daily life to avoid the harmful, physiological effects of stress.


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