Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. It’s not only thanking someone for a favor or a gift. It’s a practice. One that, ideally, should be practiced daily. November is usually the time of year when most of us are usually more mindful of what we’re grateful for. But why not express what we’re grateful for throughout the year? They say the more things you are grateful for, the more things you’ll have to be grateful for. Makes sense, right?
Believe it or not, showing gratitude not has many benefits on our health and well-being. It may be surprising that showing gratitude regularly helps us feel better. Expressing gratitude makes us happier, improves our relationships, and strengthens our emotions. Gratitude can be practiced in many ways.
- Keep a Journal: Start small. Grab an old notebook or a scrap of paper. Each morning, jot down three things you’re grateful for. It can be anything: for waking up today, for running water, anything. Just be TRULY grateful for it. Once you start making a list of the things you are grateful for, you’ll find more.
- Find the Bright Side: Any (seemingly negative) situation we encounter, has a silver lining. It may take some meditation to find it, but there will be a bright side.
- Give: A great way to show gratitude is by giving. Giving doesn’t always mean money. You can share your gifts & talents with others. Share your time by volunteering for a cause close to your heart. Love to cook? Invite friends over for a meal.
Thankful Thursday will be a weekly(ish) series where I talk about something I’m grateful each week. This can vary from the weather to simply waking up today. Remember, there’s always something to be grateful for. What are you thankful for today?