It’s November, and you know what that means: Thanksgiving! In this special time of year we’re reminded to focus on that for which we are grateful, and this year’s celebration is no different. In fact, with all the craziness that we’ve experienced in 2020, it is perhaps more critical to embrace an attitude of gratitude this holiday season.
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Research shows that gratitude can benefit a person’s well-being. From better sleep and uplifted moods to strengthened relationships and increased physical health, including that of the heart, it pays off to approach one’s life with a sense of appreciation. Here are some tactics to cultivate a daily attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving and beyond:
- Pause and reflect: In our busy lives, it’s all too easy to lose focus of what’s truly important in any given moment. Taking the time to pause, reflect, and acknowledge the many blessings in our lives, both big and small, can have a major impact on our well-being. The good news is that embodying an attitude of gratitude is a skill; it can be learned and strengthened. With practice, this process becomes easier and its results more potent.
- Keep a list: What are you grateful for? Whether it is something important, such as a roof over your head, or something less obvious, like a primo parking spot in a crowded lot, there is great power in logging your blessings. A gratitude list helps you realize the goodness in your life and allows you to keep perspective. It can be a fun challenge to add to your list, and it’s empowering to review the list on occasion and see the magnitude of all that is right in your life.
- Make it known: Gratitude is contagious. Expressing your appreciation doesn’t cost a thing but its payoff may be priceless. A simple “thank you” to the person holding the door for you at the post office can cause a pay-it-forward ripple effect in your community. Has someone shown you kindness or support? Whether it’s a best friend, a family member, or even a customer service rep on a phone call, consider writing a note of thanks. Not only will it give you a jolt of satisfaction but you’ll also deliver some positivity in that person’s day.
Giving thanks for blessings big and small has the power to transform your life. This Thanksgiving, embrace an attitude of gratitude—not just on November 26 but beyond the holiday and throughout the year.
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