With the Thanksgiving holiday here and considering the many difficult things happening in the world today, it’s a good time to ask ourselves, “How do we practice gratitude when we’re just not feeling it?”
It can be so easy to fall into a surly mood. We don’t need to look far for triggers, from the heartbreaking tragedies that happen in our communities to mundane stressors like traffic or running late. Sometimes, it’s just genuinely hard to remember what’s right in our world.
It’s in these down moments when it’s most important for us to stop and try to connect to all that is actually right.
Gratitude helps us strengthen our connection to what is good. It won’t make us forget the troublesome things around us, but it may help us have a more positive impact on the things we do control. This will ultimately make us feel better and ripple out to those around us.
But how do we get there?
1) Actively reflect on what is good in your life. This could be your health, your family, friends or the simple fact that you are alive today.
2) Reflect on three things that you genuinely like about yourself. This reminds us of what is good in us--whether it’s that you’re playful, loving, generous, or another characteristic that is uniquely you.
3) Reflect on all that is positive in your life. Even when things don’t feel good or right, there is always some good, somewhere.
4) Reflect on the lessons that others have taught you. Be grateful for the wisdom you have received from friends, teachers, authors, or any other force that has inspired you.
In the wise words of an anonymous soul, “Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.”
It is a lot more fulfilling to pause and notice all of the precious things in our lives than it is to always be wishing for more. Practicing gratitude a little bit every day can make such an amazing difference in your life!
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