It’s that time of year again – the month of Thanksgiving – in which we have all kinds of gratitude challenges. I’ll confess, that I toyed with the idea of hosting one myself. Please know, I’m not bashing either Thanksgiving or gratitude challenges. It’s just that I want to push for the idea of all year around gratitude. Everyday Gratitude. Every day gratitude. Gratitude not just in November.
Gratitude Not Just In November
Here are simple and practical ideas that we could use to make the gratitude an every day practice:
1. Quiet Time
We live really fast paced lives. Some days, from the moment we wake to the moment we get to bed at night, we are busy. So it makes it important to set aside a few minutes every day to be quiet and reflect. This keeps our minds and our hearts open to gratitude.
2. Think About The Ordinary Blessings
There are so many ordinary blessings that we take for granted, too busy trying to look out for how we can get what we don’t have. What if every day we thought about at least two things that we took for granted. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking of drinking water and hot showers.
3. Be Generous
It’s tempting to be envious of those who have more than us. Discontent, comparison and jealousy are enemies of gratitude. What if we focused on those who are not as well off as we are, and showed our generosity with our belongings and our time?
4. Talk about Gratitude
Talk about gratitude with your friends and love ones. Express gratitude aloud. Ask your friends what they are grateful for. It might be a good way to connect with people on a deeper level.
5. Take Time to Thank
Let your partner, your children, your loved ones that you love them and are grateful for what they bring to your life. You might even want to extend this beyond your circle – to service providers and those who make our life so much easier.
“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
The 5 things that I am grateful for this week are:
- My mind and it’s ability to create. Yes, Askhata, I borrowed the idea from you.
- My ability to multi-task, even if I know that my husband is not such a fan of it!
- The possibilities in my life – there’s so much I can do and be.
- Some great blogging resources I’ve tapped into. As also a great group of bloggers at Write Tribe, with a special few who’ve been nothing but supportive of me.
- My husband’s honest feedback – even when it’s hard to swallow at times. He helps me know myself better.
What are you grateful for this week?
Join me and other bloggers every Thursday for the #everydaygratitude link up – to share all you are grateful for from the past week.
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