Updated: Nov 22, 2022
It's officially the holiday season. November is a time when many of us count our blessings and think about all the things we are thankful for. Sometimes life gets busy and stressful and we feel less able to do so. Here are 5 ideas that will have you feeling grateful all season long and beyond.
Make a gratitude list
One of the most simple ways to feel grateful is to get in the habit of making gratitude lists. One great way to instill this into your routine is to get a gratitude journal or simply take a day out of your journaling routine a week to make a gratitude list instead. Don't think to hard about it. Nothing is too silly to be added on the list.
Meditation is an incredible way to connect with not only your body, but your mind. When we want to focus on feeling more grateful, there are so many gratitude guided meditations that are available to do. So even if you're new to meditating you can quickly enter into a gratitude meditation practice quickly. If you're a seasoned pro at meditating, you have probably already had experience focusing on gratitude during your practice.
Write a Thank You Note
This one is super simple. Think of someone who has been there for you recently. Maybe there is a friend or relative who has been there for you through a rough patch. Don't be afraid to write them out a heartfelt thank you. It may seem corny at first, but tis the season to let people know how much they mean to you.
Thank Someone Face to Face
This is similar to writing a thank you note but you can also do this on a whim. Maybe there's a colleague who stood up for you in the meet. Maybe your barista went the extra mile today to make your coffee just the way you want it. A quick heartfelt thanks will not only make the other person feel good, but you'll also reap the benefits.
Remember Nothing is too Small to Give Thanks To
A lot of times when we're thinking of gratitude we put all this pressure on ourselves to only consider non-materialistic things or big things. But it's okay if you're grateful for that new sweater because it makes you feel more confident or for your new running shoes because they take your training to the next level. Maybe you're just thankful for the cup of coffee you had this morning. There really are no rules when counting your blessings.