Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Season of Thanksgiving & Gratitude: 10 Ways to Practice Gratitude and Thankfulness

Good morning! Today is a great day in America because it is election day. Today we have the opportunity to cast a vote to make changes in our lives and our world. This is certainly something to be grateful for because it is a privilege denied to many, so if you have not voted, please go do it.

For some reason people think Thanksgiving is the only time during the year that we need to be thankful or grateful; I guess if  it the only time of the year that you are going to be grateful than it is as good a time as any.  But the fact is, the more grateful you are the healthier and happier you are. Scientists say that people who are grateful are more healthy physically and psychologically than people that aren't.  They also have more empathy, less aggression, they sleep better and have better relationships. All good things in my book.

I  try to practice gratitude on a daily basis. Sometime I write what I am grateful for in my gratitude journal before bed and sometimes I just say it to myself before I say my prayers. Some days I find it hard to be grateful for anything, especially if I am having a bad day, but I always manage to think of 3 things to express gratitude and other days I can tick off so may things I usually fall asleep before I finish.

Today, no matter what state you are in in your life, sad, happy, or angry, I want to challenge you to find at least 3 things to be grateful/ thankful for. And if you can find 3 things today maybe you can find 3 things tomorrow and the next, and the next, and the next and soon it might become a habit.

Here are:

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude & to Be Thankful

1. Meister Eckhart once said the most important prayer in the world is just two words: Thank You. (I love this). 

2. Live in the present. If you take time out of your day for yoga or a walk than enjoy it, be there with your whole heart and mind, don't let your time be wasted thinking of your to do list, it will be there when you are done. If you are having lunch with a friend, put your phone away, enjoy your friend, the food, the conversation. 

3. Practice an act kindness everyday, smile at someone, give a stranger a compliment, help someone carry their groceries. 

4. Thank your family, friends, colleagues, employees, your partner, for being a part of your life. 

5. Wake up everyday grateful for your health and your life. 

6. Be kind. 

7. Focus on the gifts in your life: family and friends, a place to live, your education, your talents, job, etc. 

8. Be grateful for the little things: a kind word on a bad day, a good book, a card from a friend, a hug, snuggling with your kids or pets. 

9. Give your time, your money, your stuff away to people who need it 

10. Practice gratitude every single day of your life, even on the worst days there is something to be grateful for. 

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you participate in Thankful Thursday? I wold love to know how you practice gratitude. 

Have a great day. 

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  1. I LOVE this post Elizabeth. I am so enjoying finding 50 Good things each month as I travel through my 50th year. Mr. Decor and I will be voting!

  2. It is lovely to think of you falling asleep before you've finished your list of what you're grateful for. You are a great model!

  3. I do try to do the things you mention, practicing gratitude. And I voted by absentee vote, so I've done my civic duty! I do believe in living in the now.

  4. Beautiful sentiments, and I agree with Eckhart! xox


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