This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. To me, it’s the Gratitude New Year. It’s easy for people to feel grateful and express gratitude during this time, so it’s a chance to re-ignite our gratitude habits or even take our habits to a deeper and more powerful level. Living daily gratitude is truly transformative and I have seen how it has not only changed my own life, but the lives of thousands around me.
‘Gratitude is the doorway to abundance.’ – Deepak Chopra
What can you do this weekend to gives thanks and start new gratitude habits? Here a few suggestions:
- Gathering with family & friends? Have everyone write down someone at the event that they are most grateful for, from the past year and why and read it out loud before you begin your meal.
- Take a quite moment and write out a list of at least 100 things you are grateful for, right in this moment.
- Put your phone away. Take a weekend off and give the gift of your presence to your family & friends. I will be taking a social media and email hiatus myself, so don’t be surprise if I don’t respond to you this week. Make this a habit at least one weekend a month.
- Start your gratitude journal. Write down three things you are most grateful for, every night before you go to bed. ‘I am so happy and grateful for _______’. Make it specific to that day, and different from the day before. And then use gratitude to invite what you desire into your life by writing what we call a gratitude intention. Using the same format, act as though what you desire has already happened and that you are giving thanks for it.
- Take your gratitude journal to the next level. If you’ve been journaling daily as I have (for over 3 years now), increase the number of things you are grateful for from three to five. And share your gratitude story with others so that you may inspire them to start their own journal as well.
- Spend an afternoon writing Thanksgiving cards. Instead of holiday or Christmas cards, send cards that show how grateful you are for the people in your life. This will have much more of an impact than a card they receive among dozens of others in December.
A life lived from a place of gratitude is truly blessed. When you wake up in the morning and simply say Thank You for the gift of another day, you are allowing more and more wonderful things to manifest into your life. Today is truly a gift. Even during the most difficult times in our lives, gratitude has a place. Build your life on a solid foundation of gratitude and you’ll find that it’s easily to deal with the challenges that we all face.
One more thing, if you’d like a short daily gratitude reminder, make sure you sign up for my Live Daily Gratitude reminders. They are free and a different message is delivered right to your inbox everyday. And if you’d like to give the gift of gratitude this season, please contact me about pre-ordering signed copies of my book, 30 Days of Gratitude. This book has impacted thousands of people’s lives, whose life may be impacted next?
With love and gratitude to all of you this Thanksgiving weekend!