A Month of Gratitude

Did you know November is National Gratitude Month? With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s a time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives.

Expressing gratitude can enhance mood, decrease stress and improve overall well being. But it shouldn’t just begin and end with November. The practice of daily gratitude can lead to a happier and healthier life.

We can all think of that person in our life who completely focuses on the negative. You know the one. No matter the conversation it’s complaint after complaint. Negative thinking and complaining gains strength in our mind when we focus our attention on it. Just like the muscles in our body, the more we work out, the more that muscle will grow. Negative thinking is the same.

The more you notice the things and people around you with the gratitude focus, the more the gratitude muscles will grow in your mind. Your view of the world will positively change.

Studies have shown when you have an attitude with gratitude you can help you experience more positive emotions, deal with adversity more effectively and build stronger relationships. It can lead to a happier and healthier life.

  • Take a minute at the end of each day and think about something you are grateful for.
  • Set up your daily gratitude journal. It’s a quick and easy way to jot down a thought per day.
  • Take time to acknowledge what you accomplished today, this week or this month. You’ve done some great work. Be grateful for all you do.
  • Think about your family and friends. Consider how the people in your life support you, help you grow and are there for you.
  • You can simply think of how grateful you are for the roof over your head, the food at your table and the sunshine on your face.

I’m grateful for you. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it adds some positive energy into your life.

Start a new tradition during this month of gratitude. Each day think of something that makes you feel grateful. It just takes one thought at a time to create a shift in how you view your world.

 

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