I love Thanksgiving, don’t you? It’s a day for friends and family, mountains of food, conversation, and reflection on the year and things we’re most thankful for. Whether you’re thankful for a year of good health, extra time spent with a loved one, a promotion, the house you live in, or the start of a new relationship, give thanks and be grateful for what you have and where you are.
I’d challenge you, however, not only to give thanks on Thanksgiving, but to express gratitude every day through a process of journaling, prayer, or meditation. It’s been said that with consistent, daily gratitude you can achieve greater success, greater optimism, and greater happiness—and who wouldn’t want those things? Not to mention, the power of having a grateful attitude is so important when it comes to shifting and manifesting the goals you want.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah Winfrey
To help you get started with a daily gratitude practice, I’ve put together a few of my favorite tips from Tiffany Peterson, founder of The Lighthouse Principles, Inc. Tiffany uses proven methods and strategies to help individuals create success with their own goals, results, and purpose.
Tip #1 – Gratitude Listing
This could be listing 5 things a day you’re grateful for in a journal, speaking them out loud, or thinking them in meditation. However you choose to list them, when you get into a gratitude mindset, you’ll feel more grateful, and with that feeling, you’ll show up and act differently.
Now, I’ll be the first to say it, there will be days where you don’t feel like doing this exercise. Your car broke down, you had a fight with your husband, your credit card payment is due, etc., but it’s really important to consciously force yourself to focus on the things you are grateful for.
Remember, gratitude doesn’t change your circumstances, it changes you and allows you to change the way you approach things in the future. So making gratitude listing a daily habit will help you experience more positives in your life.
Tip #2 – Appreciate Others
Your goal with this one is to appreciate 3-5 people a day. This could be by posting on their Facebook wall and acknowledging something you appreciate about them, by writing them a note, or by calling and telling them why you appreciate them. Regardless of how you do it, this can be really powerful because you’re extending kindness and making someone else feel good. And in doing that, it will make you feel good, and when you feel good, you’re more creative, more receptive, and more open to attracting more positive energy.
“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” – Kristin Armstrong
Tip #3 – Give Back
Generosity goes hand-in-hand with gratitude, so it only makes sense that taking time to show up and be of service would help you feel better and more grateful, especially if you’re in a challenging place right now. You may be struggling with finances, a relationship, or your health, but when you focus on serving someone else, you feel lighter.
Challenge yourself to be of service to someone. Whether it’s giving $100 to a cause or charity, offering to cook dinner for your neighbor, volunteering an hour a week at your local library, or baking someone cookies, getting into a habit of being generous will shift you energetically and help you feel better.
Now, I’d love to know … which of these are you going to try first? And what will it take to make these daily habits?