It can be easy to get swept away in this pandemic and forget to stop and take time to appreciate what you have. That is why Thanksgiving is such an important holiday. It forces us to take time to appreciate the things that make life worth living. This season, remember to be grateful for all that you have.
It’s also important to remember that you do not need to wait for one day in November to show your gratitude and give thanks. In fact, you should be thankful for every day, good and bad, that you get to experience on this earth.
Here are 5 ways to have more gratitude this season and in your daily life.
1. Don’t be picky: appreciate everything
Gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for the “big” things in life. The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for.
Even if it is as simple as appreciating the clear weather or how quickly amazon delivered your order last Friday, don’t leave anything out when practicing your gratitude.
2. Express yourself
Sometimes it’s not enough to simply keep your gratitude to yourself. You can increase your feelings of gratitude by expressing that same gratitude to the people you care about.
Soul Pancake, a group that works to discover the “science of happiness,” ran an experiment where they encouraged people to write a letter to a person they were grateful for. By itself, this exercise increased their levels of happiness from 2 to 4%. However, when the same people made a phone call to the person they were thankful for to express their gratitude directly, happiness levels jumped from 4% to 19%.
Not only will expressing your gratitude make someone’s day a little brighter, but it will also do wonders for increasing your own levels of gratitude and happiness in the long run.
3. Spend time with loved ones
If you’re struggling with feeling thankful at the moment, go spend time with your friends and family. Of course, it will help you grow closer to them and strengthen your relationship, but it will also give you a chance to practice your acts of gratitude on people that you care about.
4. Find gratitude in your challenges
Gratitude is not only about being thankful for positive experiences. In fact, sometimes thinking about negative or difficult situations can help to really nail down what you have to be thankful for.
Within every problem is a hidden opportunity, even if it’s just a lesson. This year has brought unprecedented challenges for all of us. But, if we are willing to look into the cloud, we may find the hidden silver lining.
5. Watch your Language.
Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf.
Your words have power and they control the direction of your feelings. If you want to experience the bliss that comes from having an attitude of gratitude, speak grateful works.
Now let’s do a fun little exercise. In the comments below, write down the top 3 things you’re thankful for this season. Let’s fill this page with gratitude!