Last time we spoke, I mentioned there was a nor’easter happening. Now, we have welcomed Winter Storm Quinn into our neighborhoods! Man, I am so ready for summer.
Anyway, I wanted to talk to you guys today about gratitude. Living in our digital age while following hectic schedules can cause us to forget that sometimes, it’s good to slow down and look around. We need to remember the value in the things we already have or acknowledge what comes into our path on a daily basis.
Practicing gratitude isn’t something we should only do once a year on Thanksgiving. We should be doing it every day, or as often as we can. It’s such a simple act that brings you back down to earth and helps you appreciate life. It can help your overall well-being, allowing you to feel more happiness, relieve you from stress, and help you to be more patient.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of the many who can get lost in schedules, stress – just everyday life – and I often forget to realize that there are always things to be grateful for. Heck, I forget to be grateful because I do get so caught up in stress.
To help relieve me from getting lost in my own head, I decided to start a Gratitude Journal. Each night, I reflect on what I was grateful for that day and choose 3 things to write down. The best part is that I don’t need to mention some huge event. I might list something as simple as “Trying out a new recipe.” I personally believe that’s one of the most important pieces to practicing gratitude: you really appreciate the small things in life. You don’t need to buy a new car or get a raise at work to be grateful. I’m not saying those things shouldn’t be celebrated or appreciated because they should! But it’s also good to recognize the small things as well as the big things.
I’ve only started my Gratitude Journal about a week ago, but I wanted to share some of what I’ve written:
- I am grateful for starting a new book, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. (Side note: go check her out!)
- I am grateful that we didn’t lose power during the nor’easter.
- I am grateful for signing up for yoga and taking my first class!
- I am grateful for seeing a friend who I hadn’t seen since summer.
- I am grateful that my husband is on his school break and we’ve been able to spend some more time together.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong to this because you’re doing it for you. Aside from writing, you can also practice gratitude by telling someone in your life that you’re thankful for them. I’m sure it would make them feel good 🙂
Does anyone else practice gratitude? How has it helped you?