Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, is an American holiday where one gives thanks for one’s blessings. Although the Americans celebrate it based on a historical occasion, adapting a mindset of gratitude is something that we should all practice as it brings with it a more positive outlook on life and can change how you look at things; focusing more on what you have rather than what’s missing in your life.
As Lewis Howes bestselling author of ‘The School of Greatness’ puts it - “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough”.
Furthermore, studies show that expression of gratitude improves physical health; reducing levels of inflammation, improving heart rhythm and decreasing risks of heart disease. The studies were particularly targeted to those who keep an up-to-date journal of expressing their gratitude through writing. Let’s get out our journals!
Developing an attitude of gratitude starts by taking small steps in your everyday life, as shown in the following examples.
Wake up in the morning and tell yourself “be grateful as today is a beautiful day” (or something along those lines). As you become vocal about your gratitude, it will be more believable rather than thinking about it in your head. Also, you will appreciate the little things life offers you! If telling yourself is not helpful, tell a family member, friend or significant other three things you are most grateful for at that moment; whether it is being able to drink clean water or succeeding at your maximum potential at your workplace; nothing is too small. It can be anything at all!
If becoming vocal with your thoughts does not help, start writing in down in a journal; a gratitude journal. Every night before you go to sleep, note down the things that you are grateful for, proud of and excited about. As you trace down your accomplishments, this will erase the negative thoughts you may have from comparing yourself to others and motivate you to push yourself further in life!
Besides acknowledging yourself for your accomplishments, acknowledge other people for their contributions to your life. Acknowledge the ones who inspire, support and motivate you in even the smallest things in life. This doesn’t happen often enough and it never hurts to do so. And expressing your gratitude will make the other person feel good about themselves so you’d be spreading some positivity too!
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