The holiday season, starting from Thanksgiving of course, is the perfect time to show our gratitude for the countless blessings we've had throughout the year. It is often too easy to get caught up in our fast-paced lives where work and other responsibilities can eventually tire us. However, it is also important to focus on the good and be thankful even for the smallest things.
Moreover, we shouldn't only be practicing gratitude during the holidays; this should be part of our daily habits as well. Our feelings towards life, other people, and the world in general should consist of positive energy. When positivity emanates from within us, it shows in our actions, our faces, and how we treat others.
Here are simple ways you can practice and incorporate gratitude in your life:
Set a daily intention
Spare a few minutes each day to focus on positive thoughts and harness positive energy. It's totally up to you if you want to do it upon waking up, during your lunch break, or before going to sleep. The goal is to set the tone for the day or the next day. This will surely help you focus on what's important and what you could be thankful for.
Create a gratitude journal
Write it down or create doodles or simple illustrations that will remind you of the things you are currently grateful for. It can be therapeutic as well when you enumerate and jot down things that you normally take for granted but actually make so much impact in your life.
Make sure to express gratitude
Don't hesitate to express your gratitude to whoever has helped you out, cheered you on, or stood by you. Ensure that you're also specifying to the other person why or what you are thankful for. The simple act of voicing out your appreciation can do incredible wonders not just for you but for the people around you as well.
Extend gratitude beyond your family and closest friends
We usually show our love and gratitude to our inner cycle, but why not express it to acquaintances or maybe even random strangers too? The shopkeeper at your favorite art store, the guard at your building, the cleaning lady who comes in your home regularly — these people will certainly find comfort in knowing that they are being appreciated.
Give and share
Be generous once in a while. If you have a little extra that you can give or share to the less fortunate, find ways in which you can do so. It doesn't always have to be material things. Sharing a meal with them, teaching them arts and crafts, or imparting knowledge that they could use in their everyday lives is enough to inspire them even just a little bit. Pay forward, as what other people usually say.
How have you been practicing gratitude in your life? And how do you teach this to your own kids? We'd love to hear your stories!