Thanksgiving Day is a day of abundance, not just abundance of food, but also of love and gratitude. Creating a gratitude list is an amazing and easy way to change your outlook on life, and even change your brain. It’s been proven that practicing daily gratitude can help improve happiness and positivity, as well as cultivate a more improved sense of wellbeing.
On top of most people’s Gratitude List is their loving and adored family. A family helps to make a home and a safe place, and provides you with people who will listen. Without family there is no safety net and no unconditional love. That is why so many of us drive to see family for Thanksgiving, to reinforce the bond of love and gratitude.
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Share this list with your friends and loved ones and make it a tradition to voice your gratitude on a regular basis.
Whether you are blood relatives or not, family is where your heart says, “I’m home.” During the holidays, and especially at Thanksgiving, consider reaching out to brothers, sisters, grandkids, cousins, uncles, aunts, parents, grandparents, and children to let them know just how special they are to you.
Friends are the ones who help you when you’re down and celebrate with you when times are good. They’re part of your ‘family’ unit that can withstand time and space, before seeing each other again. Now is the time to reach out with a call and loving words.
As the years go by, each of us has issues, just like an aging home. Be glad for what is still working and for your ability to love yourself and other people.
A bed at night
We tend to take things for granted when we’ve had them most our lives. Some people aren’t sure if they’ll sleep in a bed, in a car or in a shelter tonight. If you’re lucky enough to have a soft bed to fall into when you’re tired, take a moment to express the gratitude it deserves.
With the passing of each birthday, it’s easy to cringe and say, “Where did the time go?” but consider the alternative. Even though getting older might mean getting more wrinkles or losing more hair, it also comes with a wisdom, patience, and knowledge that young people don’t yet possess.
People who inspire you
Throughout your lifetime you’ve likely met with challenges that seemed insurmountable. Then, in walks an individual you credit with inspiring you to move to the next level. The people who inspire you are different than friends or family, they are creators of change in our lives, and deserve to be celebrated.
It’s easy to forget that the earth is not just what we walk around on; it’s a living, breathing thing that shelters and feeds all the life we know. It allows us to breathe, to soak in the sun, gives us water to drink, and a foundation to live.
Whether it’s yours or someone else’s, humor deserves a spot on your gratitude list because at the end of the day, sometimes it’s all we have to fall back on. Laughter is almost uniquely human, and it can restore health, a good mood, and help us make new friends.
Faith may be blind, but it can also be as solid as an anchor to those who possess it. If you are on a spiritual path, you know that the wisdom is in the journey, and that the path never truly ends.
Humans are remarkably tactile. Without human touch, we as a species might wither and die. Hugs are food for the soul, and each and every one promotes wellbeing and serenity in the giver and the receiver.
Whether you enjoy the work you do or not, your job is sustaining you, paying the bills, and providing you with a sense of identity.
Being creative is how the soul expresses itself. If you’re not as creative as you’d like to be, don’t let anything stop you from expressing it however you see fit.
Drafting a Gratitude List is about keeping in mind that although the day-to-day grind might get frustrating and mundane, at the heart of it, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful. Once we regularly open ourselves up to that, we’ll hold more space for joy and peace.