I still have a turkey hangover…You know that feeling of being in a constantly satisfying daze? And no, I am not alluding to any extracurricular activities. Anyways that is besides the point. After having a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family and friends and away from my computer; it was much easier to take a step back and reflect on what I am grateful for. I look at all the wonderful people around me, the incredible area I live in, my health, my mind and everything else that makes up my life to this point and am amazed at how lucky of a person I am. Giving gratitude on Thanksgiving is assumed, however I sometimes get caught up focusing on the things I don’t have instead of giving gratitude for the things I do have. I don’t have enough money, I have not had a successful startup yet, I am still not in Paris…this misappropriated thought structure can lead to negativity in all aspects of life. Instead giving gratitude allows one to feel the roll over effect of positivity. And a positively charged mind can do amazing things. It may seem hokey to pass out thank yous like handshakes, to thank your parents for what they have done for you throughout the years or to count your blessings each and every night; however small acts such as those can help shed an egocentric mindset that stunts personal growth. The next questions is: what can I do to give gratitude that will allow me to evolve as a more fulfilled human being? So in the spirit of Thanksgiving I have put together a short list of ways I will give gratitude from here on out.
- Smile, greet and/or thank anyone who you pass by on the street, chat up at a register or see at the gym. Basically, treat each daily occurrence with gratitude no matter how small.
- Actually tell people close to you that you appreciate them and why you appreciate them.
- Whenever your mind creates a barrier…count 3 things you are grateful for…then proactively overcome the barrier.
- When you are not happy about where you are in life. Take five minuets to writer out some of your past and current accomplishments.
- Smile more.
- Tell more people that you love…that you love them.
- Greet every new day with excitement.
The life I live is an amazing one; it’s extremely powerful that I recognize that. What are some ways you give gratitude?