Realizing all of the amazing things you have, whether it be materialistic or not, is key to becoming happy. I made mention in my first blog that I’ve recently started keeping a gratitude journal. I’ve experimented with two different apps on my phone but found it was becoming a chore to keep up with it. Although it was successful in the sense that it caused me to pause for a few moments each day and realize that I have an abundance of joy in my life, where I’ve been thriving is in a personal journal that I’ve been physically writing in. It’s a small, pretty, hardcovered journal where I limit myself to a page each day and I am practising cursive writing for each entry. I enjoy cursive and find it soothing. It’s almost like a lost art form that is dying out, which is unfortunate. A peek into what some of my entries consist of that I am so grateful for; love. Love that I feel from my family and friends. I’ve got a partner in life who’s stuck by my side through the good, the bad and the ugly, literally. He’s seen all of me and accepts me for me. He lifts me up and adds much value to my life. We are a true team and I’m blessed to have a love like that. Even further, he’s given me the most beautiful baby daughter who is almost 15 months. She lights up, not just my life but everyone fortunate enough to be around her. She’s so happy, absolutely hilarious and incredibly smart. She completes my soul. One more entry includes my loving parents who have been my biggest fans and supportive no matter what. I realize that not everyone can be so lucky which leaves me with a smile and a sense of gratitude. I highly recommend this simple practice to anyone and everyone because it’s an effortless way to make yourself smile and feel happiness. It’s just one more step on my journey of becoming calm.