Recently, I’ve been practicing being grateful for the little things which goes something like this –
I’m thankful to have an affordable place to live while my husband and I save for our first house (even if my apartment has wall to wall carpet and white appliances).
Minus that last part, of course, but you get the idea. The vast majority of us forget how good we have it. Instead of complaining about not being where I thought I would as I approach my 30th birthday, I can take a look back and see how far I’ve come. Here are 3 ways to shake yourself free of complaining and actually be grateful this Thanksgiving.
Thank someone else for doing something small
I got this one from my pastor’s sermon this Sunday, but he was really on to something. Go out of your way to thank a friend for doing something nice, write your mom a thank you card and give it to her out of the blue, etc. Giving unexpected thanks to someone will not only brighten their day, but it will make you feel awesome and more grateful.
Volunteering for or mentoring someone less fortunate than you will put things into perspective. Quick. Giving your time to help some other than your self will bring you some joy this holiday season.
Spend five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night to write down three things you’re grateful for. Since I’m always on the go, I do this on my phone. That way, I can look back at it whenever I hear something negative come out of my mouth.
If you can’t find anything to be grateful for, try gratitude affirmations. Pick some of your favorites and write them down twice a day, every day.
- I feel an abundance of gratitude for everything I have and receive every day.
- My needs and desires are generously met. For this I am thankful.
- I am grateful for all the great health, love, and goodness that my life has revealed to me.
- I am so grateful for every person and everything in my life.
- I appreciate everything I have and I show my sincerest gratitude to my loved ones.
- The universe pours joy into my life everyday.
Try one or all three of these gratefulness practices this week and make a mental note of how it improves your mood and how you speak. You’ll be feeling grateful in no time.
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