Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
It’s official — the holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for lots of family, food, and, of course, wine — not that I needed an excuse to open a bottle here and there, am I right? For real though, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, and this one is extra special! With COVID restrictions lessening (thank you science!), we can finally get back together with our loved ones to celebrate.
As Thanksgiving was approaching this year, it got me thinking about the concept of dedicating just one day of the year to gratitude and how silly that is. Given the current state of the world, I am a firm believer that showing daily acts of gratitude is not only a good habit to get into to avoid becoming super privilege-y, it’s also a great way to keep your mental health in check.
To elaborate, the fact that I am even able to blog about this right now from my home on my laptop says a lot about my privilege, so I always make sure to show gratitude to keep myself in check when I start to feel all “woe is me”. Don’t lie, I’m sure you can get that way too — we all do!
Plus, when the world is constantly throwing terrible news in our faces, it can be easy to get consumed and down in the dumps, so showing gratitude daily even for little things can help keep your figurative head above water to avoid drowning in the 24-hour news cycle of negativity.
Here are some ways I like to show gratitude daily — and stick to it!
1. Get yourself a gratitude buddy
Honestly, I need an accountability buddy to keep me on track — especially when it comes to sticking to a daily routine! Find a close friend and get them to be your gratitude buddy, which means you two can keep each other accountable in your gratitude practices by texting each other every morning one thing you each are grateful for! From “I’m grateful for this coffee I’m currently drinking” to “I’m grateful for our friendship”, there is nothing too big or too small.
2. Find gratitude in your challenges
Gratitude is not just about being thankful for the good times. In fact, sometimes thinking about negative or difficult situations can help to really nail down what you have to be thankful for. For example, when you’re going through a rough day at work, try to shift your mindset into thinking about how the challenging day is going to prepare you for the next one and make you a stronger person. Without hard days, we don’t grow — so instead of dwelling on the immediate state of discomfort, focus on how this will impact your future for the better.
3. Keep a gratitude journal
To wrap up your day on a positive note, try putting your phone down and picking up a pen and paper to write about the things you are grateful for. They can be specific to the day you just had or general aspects of your life you are happy to have. Starting your day voicing gratitude to your friends and ending it with personal reflection is a great recipe for daily success. Trust me!
So, who’s with me? Are you ready to elevate your mental health and start showing gratitude daily even when it’s not Thanksgiving? If I can do it, so can you! In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to you! I am grateful for your constant support and hope I have been able to provide you with some tips to use now and in the new year.