Many of us use this time of year to reflect and give gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is an excellent way to retrain your mindset and improve stress responses. The holidays can be a very busy & stressful time, and being intentional about gratitude practices can help offset the effects.
Over the next three days, I want you to try these to start the practice of gratitude in your life.
Day 1: Journal 5 Things that You’re Grateful for
If you don’t like to journal, try writing them out or making a gratitude post listing the things you’re grateful for in or about your life.-Your list can be as simple or detailed as you want it to be.-Be sure to embrace the feeling of gratitude as you list your items. **You can do more than five if you want.
Day 2: Do a Random Act of Kindness
You can choose someone that you know or a stranger.-Make sure that this is a self-initiated act and not a returned favor.-As you give, embrace a spirit/feeling of gratitude for the opportunity to give.
Day 3: Take a Grateful Pause
As you’re moving about during this busy time, take a few moments to stop and rest in gratitude-Pick anything you can think of, food, life, a moment of quiet, family, provision, etc. -Take a few moments to breathe and embrace the feeling of gratitude as much as you can.
As you can see, in each of these practices, you are encouraged to embrace gratitude. This is an important step! You must allow yourself to embrace the feeling of gratitude to get the full benefit that comes with these practices. Happy Thanksgiving!!