Some might say I’m a Polly-Anna kinda’ girl… and I totally get how that could both please you and/or totally infuriate you!
But what can I say, life has asked me over and over and over again to look for the good in every experience, to shift my mindset towards gratefulness, to bless it all, everything, especially the times that challenged me.
So I can personally attest to the countless benefits being grateful has offered me, especially the ability to move to the other side of challenge able to see all that I gained from looking for the gifts of the experience.
For me, gratitude is a verb, an in-action way of being. It’s an opportunity to put the virtuous gratefulness-rubber on the road.
For example, can we extend gratefulness to the difficult, the inconvenient, the uncertain?
And why would we ever do such a thing?
Because gratefulness raises our bar. It asks us to be bigger than the moment.
Gratefulness is a prayerful way of being. It’s healthy, and it offers us the possibility of finding pure abundance in the times of lack.
But research also shows how being grateful increases our levels of happiness and sense of personal fulfillment. Giving thanks is one of the most powerful ways there is to increase your joy and well-being.
I offer you 20 in-action ways of creating gratefulness. May you discover one that opens your heart just a little bit more, and carries the message of gratitude within you beyond the holiday season.
- Begin your day with gratefulness for 3 things.
- Give thanks before every meal.
- Live each day with gratitude.
- Shift from thoughts of lack to thoughts of abundance.
- Transform the ordinary into extraordinary with thankfulness.
- Take nothing for granted.
- Remember the farmer when you eat your meals.
- See the Holy in the simple and familiar.
- Create a Gratitude Journal.
- Bless the people who hurt you.
- Look for abundance.
- Extend “thank you,” generously.
- Look for the good in everything and everyone.
- Send a weekly gratitude letter.
- Pause to appreciate it all.
- Look for the good in all.
- Be grateful for all.
- Appreciate challenges that asked you to grow.
- Search for the one reason that can help you shift from complaint to gratefulness.
- Close your day with gratefulness for 3 things.