It’s so easy to think about all of the things in our lives we want to change… whether it’s bettering our relationship or our apartment or our body or our career, we tend to fall into this cycle of always wanting more. I think we’re all a little guilty of it.
We’re constantly inundated with this idea of “practicing gratitude” – just “practice gratitude” and you’ll be happy. Just “practice gratitude” and you’ll finally be at peace. Just “practice gratitude” and you’ll have all the things you want in life.
But let’s be real – sometime’s it’s hard.
Sometimes you’re so caught up in the negative that you don’t even have it in you to think about what you’re grateful for and it’s the last thing on your mind. But I think we can all agree that, especially at this time of year, it’s important to look at your life and say “wow, I’m really grateful for these things I have.” The key is to keep that going past the holidays, into the new year, and into all years of your life.
I looked up the word ‘grateful‘ and here’s what it said:
Grateful: feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
That brings about a whole other angle of this whole ‘gratitude’ thing, doesn’t it? Sure, you can feel an appreciation of something or someone. But showing it is what actually matters. It’s the tangible part of practicing gratitude.
Have you ever given someone a gift that literally made them light up? Remember that feeling you had seeing the look on their face and how happy it made them? I know that I have and I’m kind of obsessed with that feeling. As cliche as it is, sometimes that feeling of giving provides us much more happiness than anything we can receive.
So I encourage you, this Thanksgiving and moving forward, to show your gratitude. Don’t just feel it and let it pass by. Write a letter to your best friend telling her how grateful you are for her. Tell your mom how lucky you are to have her. Give your boyfriend or girlfriend a huge hug and let them know how much they mean to you (even though you bicker like a married couple.) Show your gratitude and watch how it pays off in your life.
This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to be back in sunny Florida spending the holiday with Danny’s family; for my incredible family; for warm coffee; for my cozy, little studio apartment; for a job that allows me to basically work from anywhere doing something I love; for my readers who encourage me to keep going when I’m feeling uninspired; for good health; and for my best friends.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with those you love. I’ll be over here in FL getting some sun and eating alllll the goods tomorrow (in moderation, of course.) If you haven’t checked out my post on keeping it balanced this Thanksgiving, it’s a good one.
Happy (early) Turkey Day, babes!