I'm Bringing Gratitude Back (Part 2 of 2)
There are 30 beautiful days remaining in this year so let’s promise to enjoy every single day & let’s try not to get too far ahead of ourselves. I’m beginning the month with feeling-based intentions & a second helping of gratitude so Read Part 1 if you haven’t yet, & then let’s get into the nitty gritty.
Consciously bringing gratitude into my daily life has helped me in countless ways. I’m more compassionate & empathetic and I also appreciate each & every bit of this life. The weather, random authentic conversation, morning drives with my grandfather, & nights when my cheeks hurt from laughing really only scratches the surface. This goes for challenging times, too, because there’s a lesson, experience, or bit of wisdom to be gained with everything.
Looking back now, I can see where my mindset began to shift & I can trace the gradual change to present day with the driving force of listening to & integrating what made my heart happy. The first step was a move to southern Vermont which would allow me to discover nature’s beauty & a new side of myself. Over the years, there’s also been a handful of creative undertakings, a few more moves, & enrollment to become a life coach.
BUT WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH BEING GRATEFUL?
These were all deliberate & intentional decisions, albeit some more sudden than others. I said yes to opportunity despite any & all fear. I welcomed each experience – good, bad, & everything in between.
I chose to carry an attitude of gratitude with me no matter where I went.
there are 4 simple ways to curate an
attitude of gratitude.
1. Shift your mindset
Make the decision to truly experience the situation rather than create expectations & subsequently set yourself up for disappointment. Take the good with the bad & continue making strides toward your desired career, relationship, & life.
2. Give thanks daily
Take time to write down what you are thankful for each & every day. A happiness jar allows you to look back & turn your current day around while a journal is always a good choice.
3. Opt for originality
Choose blank cards so you can fill them with meaningful words & significant quotes rather than standard & superficial thoughts. What’s more, send a handwritten note just because & be prepared to make someone's day.
4. Say 'thank you'
Repeat these words as often as possible when you are genuinely grateful for someone else & their actions. From something as simple as a door being held open to a compliment being thrown your way, your gratitude will have a positive impact.
As with any skill you plan on carrying with you through life, approaching all things with gratitude requires practice & perseverance. and then, before you know it, you'll have a different outlook & more meaningful engagement during your everyday life.
As always, I want to hear from you. Feel free to comment below with one thing you are thankful for or how you share your gratitude with others.