Today is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. I have much to be thankful for and one of those things is knowing to have an attitude of gratitude every day. Every day of our lives we can. It’s easy to have joy simply by being more grateful. Gratitude brings happiness, peace, and joy. I love this quote from Oprah Winfrey
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
How can you develop an attitude of gratitude? There are five simple habits that you can develop that will bring you more joy every day. I know in our family gratitude is one of the things we try and have every day. We are working on making these five habits part of our everyday lives.
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Take a few minutes every day to write down what you are thankful for. I know my journal has often reminded me of what is important. For me doing this in the morning starts my day off right. It sets my heart at ease, and I have a better day.
2. Appreciate Others
How often do you say thank you? By letting others know you are grateful for them, you not only put a smile on their face, but you often pass on a feeling of warmth and joy. That is a good thing, right? Here is a challenge for you tell one person each day why you are grateful for them.
3. Go Screen Free
With so much bad news going on around us, it is easy to get caught up in the storms, the crimes, the election. When we spend hours on end online, we can get frustrated and upset. By going screen-free, you can be more present where you are. It allows you to simply enjoy moments and be able to express your joy for that moment.
4. Notice the Little Things
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and a struggle in the midst of a storm. When you are in the midst of a personal storm I have found it best to look for something small to be thankful for. It can even be a warm cup of tea, the kindness of a stranger and the list goes on.
5. Help Someone
One of the things that bring me the most gratitude and joy is helping others. You can volunteer to help a friend, call a friend who needs cheering up, visit someone who needs a visit. Again, the list goes on.
Let me know what you are thankful for today as we celebrate Thanksgiving. I am most thankful for my family and my friends.