By Lucia · 3 minute read

This blog post has been in the pipeline for a while but an event a few weeks ago made me feel so grateful that I felt compelled to finally complete it!

One Tuesday afternoon, a 100-year-old, 42-inch diameter water pipe cracked in the middle of some woodland near our house, wiping out the water supply to most of East London for the rest of the day. Thames Water worked tirelessly to fix it as quickly as possible, and every time I turned the tap on the next day I felt an immense sense of wonder at having this everyday luxury at my fingertips.

Just take a moment to stop and think how incredible it is that someone was clever enough to dream up the infrastructure needed to transport water into all our homes…

We take so much for granted in our modern lives. But by pausing every now and then to focus our minds on the blessings around us we can welcome little rays of sunshine into even the dullest or most stressful day.

In fact, gratitude has been proven many times to be one of quickest and most effective routes to happiness.

Why is gratitude important for a healthier world?

The current epidemic of compulsive consumerism is one of the main reasons we are in such a tight spot. But exercising our gratitude muscle regularly can help us see what we already own in a new light. Gratitude for our possessions can:

  • curb our hunger for the latest shiny new gadget;
  • encourage us to make full use of the items we already own;
  • lead us to take better care of our things, thus extending their lifespans;
  • show us which items are lying unused in our houses, meaning we can then pass them onto others and save them from buying new (and possibly even help those less fortunate than ourselves).

And don’t underestimate how powerful a tool gratitude can be when contacting companies about ways they can be greener. Lead with a line or two about how much value you get from their product or service – they are much more likely to listen if they know you’re a fan.

People I am grateful for

Millie Clare for helping design the EcoNotes website. I didn’t know how to get my ideas onto the screen and Millie brought all of it to life! Thank you also for giving me the confidence to start flying solo.

David Jenner for turning my hand-drawn logos into the cute, streamlined images you see all over the site. David and my brother go way back, and he also designed and printed our wedding stationery and designed the logo for Astley Strings.

The team at the Musicians’ Answering Service (MAS) for keeping me organised! The current pandemic has kept phone lines pretty quiet at orchestra booking HQ, so they have turned their hands to helping us musicians with other projects instead. The admin side of being freelance can sometimes be lonely, so I’ve loved using them as a sounding board for ideas and projects.

And finally, Annette Hanner for her stunning brushed lettering, featured throughout EcoNotes. Thanks also for your enthusiasm as a fellow eco nut! Look for @hannerette_lettering on Instagram.

Incorporating gratitude into everyday life

Daily habit: why not incorporate gratitude into your bedtime routine? Thank each person in your household for something they have done to brighten your day, or make thankfulness the centre of your daily prayer time or mindfulness practice.

Be spontaneous: whenever you use something you received as a gift or hand-me-down, text the person who gave it to you to let them know how much value it’s giving you.

Take a moment to close your eyes or look around you: who and what you are grateful for today?

I am grateful that you visited EcoNotes.


Want to read more on gratitude? I enjoyed this article by Joshua Becker.

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