Well…let me clarify. This is not the Thanksgiving where we get together with our families and eat way too much turkey. This is literally giving thanks, being appreciative, experiencing gratitude.
Why? For no reason other than happiness.
Why today? …why not?
This is something we should do every day. I am a firm believer that gratitude is one of the quickest ways to find peace and happiness. When I think about the things I have in my life that I am thankful for, warmth and a sense of calm wash over me. It’s practically impossible not to smile. The trouble is, I probably don’t do it near enough.
The first step that I have taken to leading a gracious life is an easy one. What I’ve tried to do recently is make a list of the things I am grateful for in my head to help me fall asleep. It’s a good start because it doesn’t take any time out of a busy schedule, and it actually works like a charm. I start listing off all the reasons I am grateful, or in other words, all the reasons I am happy, and any anxiety I am feeling just melts away. When I lay down at night, even if I haven’t had a stressful day, I feel like my brain is buzzing and processing at a million miles a minute, but this nightly ritual brings a sense of peace to my mind. Try it! I can’t guarantee that it will work for you, but nothing but good can come from it anyway! You could start by writing down a literal list that you can revisit every day and add more to, or just let inspiration take over and make a new list each time.
Something else important about gratitude that I have learned is to share it. Do you feel particularly grateful today for a special friend? Tell them! Be vocal about the things or the people that make you happy. It will spread. Thanksgiving, like happiness, is contagious! But this is an infection the world could really use.
What are you thankful for? How do you express your gratitude? What steps do you take to lead a more gracious life? I’d love to hear anything and everything!