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The Power of Gratitude: Cultivating a Positive Mindset in Motherhood

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Mum & Daughter

Hey there, fellow mums! Today, I want to talk about something that has transformed my experience as a mum and brought a new level of joy and fulfillment into my life: Gratitude.

Being a mum is a roller coaster ride, filled with sleepless nights, endless nappy changes, and tantrums that could rival a hurricane! But amidst the chaos, there lies a secret weapon that can help us navigate this journey with grace and a smile on our faces: a positive mindset rooted in gratitude.

#GratitudeMatters #PositiveMomLife #MotherhoodBliss

Embracing the Chaos with a Smile

Let's face it, motherhood can be overwhelming. From the moment we wake up to the moment we collapse into bed, it feels like we're constantly on the go. But what if we shifted our perspective? What if we chose to see the chaos as a beautiful mess, rather than a never-ending burden?

One way to do this is by starting each day with a gratitude practice. Before I even open my eyes in the morning, I take a moment to think about three things I'm grateful for. It could be as simple as the warm bed I slept in or the sound of my child's laughter. This simple act helps set the tone for the day and reminds me to find joy in the midst of the madness... yes you will still have days where the chaos gets too much but were only human, just dust yourself off and carry on!

Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

As mums, we often find ourselves caught up in the monotony of daily routines. The never-ending cycle of feeding, cleaning, and soothing can make us feel like we're stuck in a Groundhog Day movie. But if we pause for a moment and look closely, we'll find beauty in the most ordinary moments...

Take that messy highchair, for example. Instead of grumbling about the food smeared all over it, why not see it as a sign of a well-fed, happy child? Embrace the sticky fingers, the spilled juice, and the constant clean-up, knowing that these little messes are signs of a full and vibrant life.

The Power of Gratitude in Tough Times

Motherhood isn't always rainbows and unicorns. There are days when we feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and even defeated. But it's during these challenging times that gratitude can be our saving grace.

When my little one is having a meltdown in the middle of the shop, instead of getting flustered, I take a deep breath and remind myself to be grateful for this moment. I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach my child about patience and resilience, and for the love that connects us even in the midst of chaos and banshee outbursts as we like to call them.

Teaching Gratitude to Our Little Ones

A jar full of what you are grateful for!
Gratitude Jar

Our children are always watching and learning from us. By cultivating a grateful mindset, we can pass on this powerful tool to them, helping them navigate life's ups and downs with resilience and optimism.

One way to do this is by starting a gratitude jar. Each day, encourage your child to write down something they are grateful for and place it in the jar. As the jar fills up, you'll have a tangible reminder of all the blessings in your lives. Plus, it's a fun activity that encourages creativity and reflection.

#GratitudeInMotherhood #PositiveVibesOnly #RadiateJoy

Here are some recommended podcasts that explore the power of gratitude and offer insights on cultivating a positive mindset in motherhood:

  1. The Gratitude Diaries Podcast with Janice Kaplan Link:

  2. The Purposeful Home Podcast: Finding Joy in the Chaos with Alisha Illian Link:

  3. The Happy Momma Podcast with Amy Taylor-Kabbaz Link:

  4. The Gratitude Podcast with Georgian Benta Link:

  5. The Mom Hour Podcast: Cultivating a Grateful Mindset with Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers Link:

These podcasts offer valuable insights, interviews, and personal stories that can inspire and support you on your gratitude journey as a mother. Remember to check their availability and access them through your preferred podcast platform.

Enjoy listening to these podcasts and may they provide you with a wealth of wisdom and encouragement!

The Ripple Effect of Gratitude

Gratitude is contagious. When we radiate positivity and gratitude, it has a ripple effect that extends far beyond ourselves. Our energy impacts not only our children but also our partners, friends, and even strangers we encounter in our daily lives.

Imagine the power of spreading gratitude to the world—one smile, one kind word, one act of appreciation at a time. Let's be the spark that ignites a chain reaction of kindness, love, and gratitude in our communities.

Here are a few influential individuals who are known for their work in the areas of gratitude, positive mindset, and motherhood:

  1. Brene Brown - A renowned researcher and author who explores topics such as vulnerability, courage, and gratitude. Her work emphasises the importance of embracing imperfections and cultivating gratitude as a pathway to wholehearted living.

  2. Janice Kaplan - An author and journalist who has written extensively on gratitude and its transformative power. Her book "The Gratitude Diaries" and related work have inspired many to adopt a grateful mindset.

  3. Rachel Hollis - A bestselling author, motivational speaker, and podcast host who often addresses the challenges of motherhood and the importance of embracing gratitude and self-care for personal growth.

  4. Gabrielle Bernstein - An author, motivational speaker, and spiritual teacher known for her teachings on mindfulness, gratitude, and cultivating a positive mindset. Her work combines spirituality with practical tools to help individuals transform their lives.

  5. Marie Forleo - A renowned entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker who encourages individuals to create a life they love. Her insights on mindset, gratitude, and personal growth have inspired many to pursue their passions and find joy in everyday life.

These individuals have made significant contributions to the fields of gratitude, positive mindset, and motherhood, inspiring countless individuals to embrace gratitude and cultivate a positive outlook in their lives.

Gratitude as a Self-Care Practice

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Self Care

As mums, we often put ourselves last on the priority list. We pour our love and energy into our families, leaving little room for self-care. But practicing gratitude is not only a gift we give to others; it's a gift we give to ourselves.

When we take a moment to appreciate the small joys in our lives, we fill our own cups with positivity and contentment. It's like a warm hug for our souls, reminding us that we are deserving of love, happiness, and gratitude.

So, amidst the diaper changes and endless to-do lists, carve out time for yourself. Whether it's enjoying a quiet cup of tea, taking a walk in nature, or indulging in your favourite hobby, make self-care a non-negotiable part of your gratitude journey.

Laughing Through the Chaos

Humour is the secret ingredient that adds flavour to the sometimes chaotic recipe of motherhood. When we learn to laugh at the unpredictable and messy moments, we create a lighthearted atmosphere that diffuses tension and fosters joy.

So, let's embrace the humour in motherhood! Laugh at the silly faces your child makes, find amusement in the mishaps and spills, and share funny stories with fellow moms. Laughter not only brings us closer together but also reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Gratitude Beyond Motherhood

While gratitude plays a vital role in our journey as mothers, it's important to remember that our identities extend beyond motherhood. We are multifaceted individuals with passions, dreams, and goals.

Practicing gratitude in other areas of our lives, such as our relationships, careers, and personal pursuits, can bring balance and fulfillment. Take a moment to appreciate your partner's support, express gratitude for the opportunities you have at work, and acknowledge the small victories in your personal growth.

By expanding our gratitude practice beyond motherhood, we create a holistic positive mindset that infuses every aspect of our lives with joy and gratitude.

Scary Mommy Website: Scary Mommy is a popular parenting website that covers a wide range of topics, including articles on gratitude, self-care, and finding joy in motherhood.

Here are some recommended books that delve into the power of gratitude and offer guidance on cultivating a positive mindset in motherhood:

  1. "The Magic" by Rhonda Byrne This book explores the practice of gratitude and provides a 28-day program to incorporate gratitude into daily life.

  2. "The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life" by Janice Kaplan In this book, the author shares her personal journey of gratitude and provides insights on how gratitude can enhance relationships, work, and overall well-being.

  3. "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" by Brené Brown Although not specifically focused on motherhood, this book delves into the power of embracing imperfections, cultivating gratitude, and finding joy in authenticity.

  4. "Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living" by Shauna Niequist This book explores the importance of slowing down, being present, and finding gratitude in the midst of busyness and the pursuit of perfection.

  5. "Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life" by Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson This book offers practical strategies, personal stories, and affirmations to cultivate gratitude, trust, and a positive mindset in various aspects of life, including motherhood.

These books provide valuable insights, practical tips, and inspiration to help you embrace gratitude and cultivate a positive mindset as a mother. You can find them at local bookstores, online retailers, or your preferred e-book platforms.

Happy reading, and may these books guide you on your journey to a more grateful and joyful motherhood!

Celebrating Milestones, Big and Small

In the whirlwind of motherhood, it's easy to overlook the milestones and achievements—both big and small. But these milestones are worth celebrating, as they represent growth, resilience, and progress.

Whether it's your child's first step, a successful potty training session, or a personal goal you've accomplished, take the time to acknowledge and celebrate these moments. Create a gratitude ritual around milestones, such as writing a letter to your child expressing your pride or treating yourself to a small indulgence for your personal achievements.

By recognising and celebrating milestones, we reinforce a positive mindset and cultivate an attitude of gratitude that propels us forward.

The Gratitude Ripple Effect

Gratitude has a way of multiplying when shared. As we infuse our lives with gratitude, we inspire others to do the same. Let's use our voices and platforms to spread the power of gratitude to other mums and women in our communities. (Join our group)

Share your gratitude journey on social media, create a gratitude challenge (we just did one in our group) , or host a gratitude-themed gathering. By creating a supportive network of gratitude warriors, we amplify the positive impact we can make in the world!

Remember, gratitude is not a finite resource. The more we give, the more we receive. So, let's lift each other up, celebrate our wins, and support one another through the roller coaster ride of motherhood and beyond.

Tiny Buddha Website: Tiny Buddha provides articles, stories, and practical advice on gratitude, mindfulness, and personal growth.


In the whirlwind of motherhood, gratitude serves as an anchor, grounding us in positivity and joy. By embracing the chaos with a smile, finding beauty in the ordinary, and nurturing a grateful mindset, we create a ripple effect that transforms our lives and the lives of those around us.

So, let's embark on this gratitude journey together, sprinkled with laughter, self-care, and celebrations. Let's radiate positivity, inspire resilience, and cultivate a mindset of gratitude that not only enhances our experience as mums but also leaves a lasting impact on our children, families, and communities.

Remember, you've got this, mama! Embrace the power of gratitude, and let it light up your path as you navigate the beautiful, messy, and extraordinary journey of motherhood.

#GratitudeJourney #PositiveMindset #JoyfulMotherhood #SpreadTheLove

That’s all from me today, until next time...

Remember to Keep Smiling & Laugh a little Every day!

Your Mental Mum...

Selfie of me in London
kaloulee xoxo

We recently had a 22 Day Gratitude Challenge in our group, where members shared what they were most grateful for each day and we have a new one starting each month.... August is, Nature Connection Challenge!

If you would like to join The Mental Mum Community where you can find other burnt out, stressed out mums connect with their higher self and live a cosmic purposeful life, we would love to have you!

Ps, We would love to hear from you in the comments..What are you grateful for? Do you have a gratitude practice?

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