We have cycled around to another holiday season. Thanksgiving is upon us and we are pausing to take stock in our blessings. An “Attitude of Gratitude” is the motto of the day.
It is easy in the day to day to focus on negativity. Sometimes in between rushing to soccer practice, and traveling for work, and paying bills, we lose sight all that we are grateful for in our lives. Being grateful take practice.
Today I was able to start my day by combining two of my biggest blessings…running with my Moms RUN This Town (MRTT) community and spending time with my family. Our MRTT chapter organized a Turkey Trot 5K run. It wasn’t formal – no race bibs, no registration, no timing. Just show up and run, with love and laughter.
Prior to the race, a few of us got together and exercised our stealth “chalking” skills. We loaded up the neighborhood sidewalks with sayings of thanks and positivity. Several people were out walking and asked what we were doing. I was thrilled to tell them we were setting up for a community run. It felt so good to be a part of something that would bring joy to others.
I did the “run” with Quinlan and my dad, who is visiting from Louisiana. We mostly walked which gave us a perfect opportunity to have Quinlan read each of the sayings. One of the sayings read, “What are you thankful for?”. When I posed this question to Quinlan he said, “That’s a tough one, there are so many things!” From the mouths of babes. It warmed my heart.
Starting our day celebrating our blessings and being with our loved one set the stage for a day of gratitude. It continued on with more love, thanksgiving, good food, and better company. Gratitude is contagious and the more we are grateful, the more those around us see the blessings in their lives too.
So how do we cultivate this same level of gratitude in our each and every day and not just limited to the Day of Thanks? Here’s 5 ideas you can give a try to build gratitude into your daily life:
Incorporate one or more of these into each day and gratitude will begin to become habitual in your life. And then that habit will influence those around you and bring more joy and blessing into your life.
Call to Action: Share in the comments what other ways you bring gratitude into your daily life?