As we enter November, we often think about Thanksgiving in the United States. Also, seventeen countries that celebrate their own version of Thanksgiving are Liberia, Canada, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, and the Philippines. However, many honor Thanksgiving in different ways.
If your country honors “Thanksgiving,” I would love to hear how you celebrate thankfulness and gratitude. If you are willing to share various ideas, I could include them in a future blog to broaden everyone’s awareness of beautiful ways to incorporate these practices.
Kristin Armstrong notes: “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” Gratitude can, indeed, help us overcome negative thoughts and feelings that often dampen our spirits. Perhaps today would be a good time to enter into a season of Thanksgiving by starting a gratitude journal.
Here are some ideas to get started.
- Write down up to five things for which you feel grateful. Find a regular time each day to reflect and journal.
- Be as specific as possible because this helps you go deeper in your appreciation.
- Focus on people for whom you are grateful.
- Try subtraction.For example, consider what your life would be like without certain people or things.
- Similarly, when you concentrate on the good things in your life, it guards against taking them for granted.
- Capture unexpected or surprising events because these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude and help you not repeat the same thoughts.
If you would like to learn more, see this article: https://www.mindful.org/a-simple-weekly-mindfulness-practice-keep-a-gratitude-journal/
At Survivors to Thrivers, we seek to build a community of support and encouragement. Please share your ideas around how to build, develop, and cultivate a sense of gratitude.
In conclusion, gratitude is something that we can grow through practice. Please join us with our November 15th’ blog where we will actually have a practice of gratitude.
Here’s to Thriving!