Since I live in the US, this week brings the holiday of Thanksgiving. While I know this holiday can bring lots of mixed emotions with it, I also know that anytime we practice gratitude it can have an immediate impact on our overall well being.
So what does it really mean to practice gratitude?
I'm so glad you asked!
Practicing gratitude is simply being intentional about anything we have in our lives that we can be grateful for, and then finding a way to express that gratitude outwardly. For example, I am so thankful for my new granddaughter and the beauty and simplicity of her smile, and here I am telling all of you about that gratitude!
When it comes to outwardly expressing our gratitude, it could be in the form of a conversation with someone, or an email, or maybe we can write it in a journal, or just say it out loud while we are on a walk (don't worry, these days people will think you are on the phone with earbuds!). The medium isn't as critical as just finding a way to be mindful of our gratitude and then expressing it in some outward form.
If you were to be mindful of your gratitudes this week, and then you were going to outwardly express them, what would you come up with and how would you express it?
Now that you have the idea, why not go ahead and practice gratitude this week?!? I promise it will have a positive impact on your well being, no matter how challenging this week may be for you!
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