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Gratitude Is the Memory of the Heart – Jean-Baptiste Massieu

Gratitude Is the Memory of the Heart – Jean-Baptiste Massieu

At the end of the day, what do you remember? What stories do you tell your partner or friends? And more importantly, what stories do you repeat over and over again to yourself?

Without realizing it, we choose to remember specific moments, and then we continue to live them for minutes or even hours after they’ve passed. And it’s safe to say that most of us are constantly watching the negative movies that our mind is busy producing and replaying for us.

Although these are the memories of the mind, they actually affect your entire person. And when we remember the negative, we often feel bad about it, don’t we? Our emotions sink lower and our physical body suffers, too. Resentment and anger can go hand in hand with problems like digestive issues and muscle tension. Without realizing it, we choose to not only remember the negative, but to keep it alive, too.

But what if you chose to remember everything and anything that brought you pleasure, peace, and happiness? Do you remember the handmade latte you got at your favorite coffee shop or the cold ride into work? Your favorite song on the radio or the traffic jam? What about the home you came home to, instead of the job you left?

The act of being grateful and consciously appreciating things – anything! – fills our heart with the best sort of memories, and it kicks off an infectious ripple effect of joy throughout our entire being. You have the choice to remember anything, but what will make your heart beat with happiness?

Gratitude Is the Memory of the Heart – Jean-Baptiste Massieu
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About Marie Therese Batt

Marie Therese Batt uses her life-changing but difficult experiences with anorexia and depression as the catalyst and inspiration for her work. As a writer and illustrator, Marie creates empowering content to help women love who they are, and overcome the widespread illness of fear. Marie currently resides in Italy, where she enjoys eating with the locals at little trattoria’s. Come visit her at www.marietheresebatt.com or check out her new book The Heiress Project

6 comments

  1. Great post! It’s so much about where our attention goes our energy flows. It’s like a hose that’s constantly on, you might as well get it to focus on powerful, positive and supportive memories. The experiences we choose to remember become our tapestry of belief, of who we are which effects what we believe we are capable of doing. Being grateful, focusing on the good things that happen in your day won’t catapult you into feeling awesome, but acts like a springboard to get you feeling more positive. The more you load it with gratitude the more you increase that good feeling, helping you to negotiate any negativity you may be feeling.

    • I like your comparison of the hose, and the importance of being focused and powerful in our thoughts. Images always help me, so I’m going to remember that 🙂

      • Thank you Marie, I’m glad you like it 🙂 I agree with you that we are what we repeatedly believe. I’ve written about how to help children build their self-esteem and confidence by affirming what has been positive about their day, a kind of gratitude diary around the dinner table; but I think inspired by you I’l add to that and write something about children incorporating gratitude into their day 🙂

  2. Hi
    Good essay

  3. Hi,
    Looks forward for more like this. It is a great post.

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