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.
Our world is so focused on the negative and it is easy to get caught up in that spiral. If we wait for the news to change or our neighbors to change or the state of society to change, we will be waiting for a long time. We each have a responsibility to make the changes that we want to see in the world. It takes practice to see our own world through a different lens.
Practicing gratitude with the small things impacts everything else. You begin to see the world through the lens of gratitude and you stop focusing so much on the negative side of the world. It cascades throughout everything.
“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” – Mahatma Gandhi
If you are able to be grateful for a warm cup of coffee in the morning, it becomes easier to be grateful for the bus driver who delivers you safely to work. Then you become grateful for your coworker who helped you with a project. And when you get home from work, you become grateful that your children have the opportunities for a healthy meal and an education.
Once my husband was in the grocery store with our son and he told him smiles are contagious and then proceeded to test the theory. Everyone they smiled at smiled back. Gratitude is also 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? Here’s 5 strategies 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?