How To Be More Grateful
As we approach Canadian Thanksgiving, gratitude is a word that we are seeing more and more often. For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time where we share our gratitude with others and often a time of forgiveness as well. However the effect of this holiday doesn’t always last very long and we can be quickly caught up in the commercialism that surrounds Christmas and other December celebrations. In this blog post, I’ll share how to be more grateful every single day of the year, and not just on Thanksgiving.
Do you think of gratitude as a habit, a practice or a value? I often speak about all three, each one having a place in our everyday lives. When we are focusing on how to be more grateful, I feel that all three must be included.
Let’s start with habits.
Habits are the things we repeat every day, such as writing in a gratitude journal or choosing to wake up with gratitude. I share my favorite morning routines in this post which will be helpful when you’re looking to create new gratitude habits.
The old adage that it takes 21 days to create a habit is not always accurate. I’ve found that a new habit can be created in a matter of days, once you’ve made the decision to change. And it’s often much easier to create a new habit, rather than trying to get rid of an old one. For example, let’s say you have a habit of pressing snooze a few too many times and are often late for work. Create a new habit by choosing to wake up with gratitude, which could include changing the name of your alarm to ‘I am grateful’. That way when you see your alarm, it reminds you to be grateful. This will often make you smile and start to wake up, as you think of what you are grateful for this morning.
What about a gratitude practice?
Practices are when we use gratitude to help us in different situations. For example, we can practice gratitude while waiting in line, instead of being frustrated. Keep a list of simple things that you’re grateful for in your phone, such as clean drinking water and electricity. Instead of scrolling through your social media feeds, review your list of things you’re grateful for. That will quickly shift your mood!
We can also practice gratitude with others when we acknowledge and give thanks for those that make a difference in our lives. Sending out gratitude cards or Thank-You cards is a great way to do this. We live in a time where a physical piece of mail is very special. Taking a few moments, each week, to send out one or two cards of thanks is a very valuable and inexpensive gratitude practice.
How does gratitude fit into our values?
And lastly, as a value, it’s when we choose to live a life that is built on a foundation of gratitude. It’s when we choose gratitude first and often, as a way of relating to others and understanding our differences. As we learn how to be more grateful, we start to think of gratitude as one of our values. It may not be a core value for you, as it is for me, however imagine what your life would be like if it was. Our core values help us to make decisions and are expressed in how we show up in the world. We can choose to find a way to be grateful in any given situation, whether it’s full of joy or great sadness. I shared some of my thoughts on how gratitude fits when there is a tragedy in this Facebook Live video (on my FB page, search tragedy).
What does it mean to you to be more grateful?
Join me for the first ever public offering of my 30 Days of Gratitude to Create Wealth online program! Starts on Wednesday Oct 11th, right after Thanksgiving and runs for the next 4 weeks. The program is mostly online, with a live Zoom meeting on Wednesday at 9 pm for one hour. Sign up before registration closes on Mon Oct 9th.
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