It’s November, Gratitude Month. A time to go inward and reflect on the things that matter most and those things we’re thankful for. A focus on gratitude helps us to be in a state of abundance rather than scarcity.
As it turns out, a practice of regular gratitude is good for you. People who have a regular practice have healthier relationships, happier memories, greater self-esteem, more energy, increase their income, are sick less often, are less depressed, sleep better, exercise more, and even live longer. Essentially, the more grateful we are, the happier we are.
If you’re a parent or teacher, modeling an attitude of gratitude is tremendously powerful and contagious. We constantly teach by example. Unfortunately, modeling an attitude of scarcity and negativity is also contagious. We get to choose how we want to show up and what we want to teach, and hopefully we choose wisely.
Here’s an easy exercise you can use to increase the gratitude you experience. Get a new notebook or journal and label it, “Gratitude Journal.” Personalize it as you wish and only ever use it to write gratitude lists or positive thoughts. Then, for the next 30 days, start and end each day writing 3 or more things you are grateful for. If that’s too much, try it for just 3 days. I have been writing gratitude lists intermittently for years and it’s been a game-changer for me. Sometimes I write a short bullet list, sometimes I write with a bit of depth. Either way works. Here’s mine from yesterday:
November 22, 2014, Morning
1. That I get to do work that I love and that matters to me.
2. For my awesome family.
3. That I’m in a place in my life where I feel grounded, connected, at peace and happy.
And with deep gratitude to you: I am truly so grateful to you, dear audience. I feel so lucky to live in a time when I can share my work with the world and try to make a bit of a dent in the universe. Thanks for being a part of that-I appreciate you.
Happy Gratitude Month,
Want another challenge?
Go ahead and share your voice below. In the comments, share a list of 3 things you’re grateful for right now. Try it, and notice how it affects the rest of your day!