Valentines Day. Despite being somewhat of a “Hallmark holiday” that can cause quite a bit of angst in single people as well as couples, what I’ve come to appreciate about February 14th is the opportunity to feel and experience gratitude. With an abundance of red and pink hearts, cupids and messages of love everywhere you go, these symbols can serve as a reminder to celebrate and be grateful for everyone and everything in your life.
Focusing on gratitude is integral to your well being. Feeling thankful has tremendous positive effects in helping cope with daily problems, especially stress. It has been scientifically proven that grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in preventative health behaviors like regular exercise and a healthy diet. To be healthier and happier, focus today on what’s going right in your life.
We have so much to be grateful for here in Marin. The moment you first spot our Golden Gate Bridge driving north on the 101, its magnificent beauty is breathtaking and unparalleled. From the picturesque hillsides of Sausalito to the sweeping vistas of the Marin Headlands, we are blessed with so much beauty. Not to mention the irresistible charm of the houseboat community. The stroll along the Sausalito waterfront, admiring Angel Island and our city by the bay is truly magnificent.
Heading North, Mill Valley has so many treasures. From the incredible hiking and biking of Tennessee Valley to Mt. Tam, Muir Beach to Stinson Beach, the Larkspur Loop, outdoor adventurists are in heaven. The Redwoods in Muir Woods are world famous for their majestic and towering beauty.
Surrounded by the beautiful bay and ocean, water enthusiasts have so much to enjoy. From paddleboarding and kayaking and paddleboard yoga offered through Seatrek to surfing and kite surfing, we live in absolute paradise. And simply walking the beaches and playing in the sand with your kids and dogs is a magical way to spend a sunny day in Marin.
So, today, I invite you to embrace gratitude. Make a list of five things you are grateful for. The list can include people, places, things you appreciate and love. If this feels good for you, consider keeping a gratitude journal. People who regularly record what they are grateful for are happier than others and this happiness lasts. Let gratitude be your attitude.