Dare to be Grateful

gratitudeThis time of the year is when we take time to focus on the things we are grateful for.  As important as Thanksgiving Day is, gratefulness should be a part of our everyday life. 

No matter what our circumstances look like, most of us can simply take a few moments and come up with a pretty long list of things to be grateful for.  An important thing to remember is that happiness does not make you grateful, but gratefulness does make you happy.  So, what practical things can we do to cultivate a lifestyle of gratefulness?

Write it.  Taking a few minutes each day to journal the things you are thankful for can reinforce the positive aspects of your life.

Say it.  Whether it is in prayer, a conversation with your dog, or shouting it from your rooftop, voice your thankfulness.

Be kind. Whether it’s paying someone a nice complement or grabbing the door for them, simple acts of kindness can shift your focus outward and create a ripple effect around you.

Be present.  Spending quality time with the people that matter most in your life can be the single most important thing that we can be grateful for.  Love often and love well.

Move it.  A brisk walk or a trip to the gym can help you clear your mind and stay centered.