Since Thanksgiving is write around the corner I wanted to start thinking about gratitude and what I am thankful for.
What does Gratitude mean?
According to www.dictionary.com gratitude means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Another website describes gratitude as an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has done. So gratitude is another word for being thankful.
How can you practice gratitude?
I found this awesome quote online: “Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms” ~ Alyssa Knight. This is such a good reminder to focus and be grateful for the good things in your life and move through the bad things.
Gratitude can help you see a sticky situation in a completely different light and may even make it more difficult to complain. Gratitude takes practice, so this month I will be taking steps to work on showing gratitude and I hope you will too. I found a lot of different lists online of ways to work on being more grateful, so I put together my own gratefulness challenge. For the month of November I will be working through the ideas below.
Keeping a gratitude journal and showing gratefulness through action. This could be daily or weekly.
- I want to take time each day to think about something different that I am grateful for. Here are some helpful resources with great ideas for things to write about each day.
Trying to see the day-to-day from a point of gratitude.
- Most people tend to let negative thoughts enter their mind before positive thoughts. This month I want to work on keeping all of the beautiful things in my life at the fore front of my mind. Taking the time to appreciate the things around you, even something a simple as the color of the leaves on the trees can help to keep those positive thoughts in the forefront of your mind.
Taking control of negative thoughts about someone or something and switching it to a positive thought about that person or object.
- When something or someone is irritating and frustrating I know we all start grumbling and complaining. When you feel your self start to think negatively about that person or object work hard on finding something positive about that person or object.
Give at least one compliment a day, this doesn’t necessary mean you have to give a compliment to a person but sharing your appreciation of something.
- Give a compliment to your spouse, your children, your boss etc. Take notice when someone does something extra and make sure they know that you appreciate them and notice them going above and beyond.
If you find yourself in a negative situation ask yourself: What can you learn from this and what will I be grateful for in the future.
- We can all learn from each and every negative situation. Take the time if you are in a bad situation to figure out what you can learn and what you are grateful for.
Try not to complain, criticize, or gossip for a week. If you slip up, just keep going. Hopefully we will notice how much energy gets spent on negative thoughts.
- Know I know this one might be a bit difficult for you and I think it will be difficult for me. Ask the people who are around you to help you stay accountable. If they hear you complain, criticize or gossip ask them to call you out.
When talking on the phone, sound genuinely happy to hear from people.
- By answering the phone genuinely happy you may help make the day of the person on the other end. Give it a whirl and see how you can positively impact the lives of those around you.
I feel like this challenge will really help me to work on my gratitude and showing my gratitude to others. I will try to post some follow-up posts on my Instagram page. Leave me a comment below if you are joining in.