The Attitude of Gratitude: Giving Thanks This Holiday Season
Often life is lived in the hustle and bustle of the chaos that surrounds us. Work, soccer practice, grocery shopping, dinner time, family time, back to work… Life can be one big, repetitive, and routine circle. We go through the year at rapid pace, from one thing to the next. Before you know it, another year has come and gone, the kids are growing up, and life seems as though it’s passing by in a blink of an eye. The holidays are no exception, and become a time of year when many people feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Instead of cherishing this time with family, many people just wish for the holidays to be over. In reality, the holidays should be the time of year to be grateful and thankful, and to reflect on the amazing people and things you have in your life.
We suggest practicing an attitude of gratitude this year and seeing how different this holiday season will be with your loved ones. Take time each day to think of the things you are grateful for. Write your list down and ponder on them from day to day. Living in a life of gratitude will change your perception and allow you to enjoy the little things in life more without the stress of what’s next.
3 Ways to Live a Life of Gratitude:
Think about what you are truly grateful for in life. Start a journal and every morning write down 3 things you are grateful for. Having them written down helps your mind to focus more on the positive then the negative.
1. Tell your family and friends how much you care for them and why you are thankful they are in your life.
Verbalizing your gratitude for those you care about in your life spreads the attitude of gratitude to others, making a bigger ripple of happiness and good cheer.
2. Give to someone in need.
The art of giving helps us to focus on all the amazing things we have in life. It’s a great way to take your mind off of you and focus on those who may be in need of life’s most basic necessities. Giving comes in the form of more than just a monetary value. If you aren’t in the financial position to give money, then give of your time and watch how appreciative those who need help will be. It’s rewarding.
3. Living a life with an attitude of gratitude attracts even more amazing opportunities into your life.
When you feel yourself getting caught in the race of life, take a few minutes – breathe and begin to reflect on all that you are grateful for in life – even when you don’t feel like it. After a few weeks of practicing this lifestyle, you’ll notice your life beginning to shift and change as a result of your perspective changing.
Living with an attitude of gratitude allows life to slow down just a bit, and opens the door for amazing opportunities to share love with those around you.