Wow, I can’t believe we are at Thanksgiving already! I’m thankful for the many blessings that I’ve had this past year. So what are you thankful for?
For many of us, Thanksgiving brings us right into the holiday season. We get bogged down in the preparation, food, and the purchasing of different items. Rarely does that leave time for things like gratitude. For example, it might be that you’re just not conscious of the gratitude you feel. What do I mean? Simply that with the “hustle and bustle” of the season, it’s easy to say you’re thankful, but not really understanding WHAT for.
What Am I Thankful For?
This past year has been full of different reasons for me to be grateful. I have an amazing husband, family, and a new job that I love. While the year has been rough in other ways, I know that there’s a reason for everything, and that is what’s keeping me thankful. I’ve found that the best way to show gratitude is to live it the best I can, each day. That means writing in a gratitude journal almost every day (although I’ve been slacking on that), and remembering to tell people how much I appreciate them.
Personally, I find it’s easier to be thankful all year round, not just one day a year. There’s so much around us to have gratitude for. Life isn’t always easy, but sometimes those difficult times can help make us more aware of what we should be thankful for.
Finally, as you sit at your family gatherings this week, remember to look around you. Take in everything, from the smell of the food, to the people around you. Remember to see things from a place of love, thankfulness, and gratitude. Each day is truly a gift. Treasure the time.
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for the many good things in our lives so I do have a call to action. At the end of the day, journal how you feel. Answer the question of what are you thankful for? The answer might surprise you!
In the meantime, check out last week’s piece on Mindful Holiday Eating. It’s a delicious one!
Check out this article from mindful.org on How to Practice Gratitude. It’s a great list, and you can pick whichever one speaks to you!