Grateful.

This time of year we’re all prompted to feel especially grateful. As turkey paraphernalia fills up every corner of our capitalist society, we’re urged to examine our lives and give thanks for all of the good in it. And when we do, I have to say, it feels really good.

Taking time to acknowledge everything you love about your life can really lift your  spirits and put things into perspective. I know I’m not the only one who gets that warm and fuzzy feeling when rattling off a list of reasons to be happy: family, friends, health, education…Netflix, pillsbury crescent rolls…the list goes on.  

So instead of making gratitude an annual occasion, wouldn’t it be nice to consciously be grateful everyday?

Sure, but how? you may ask…

Make it a daily practice.

Just like washing your face, brushing your teeth or marking that morning pot of coffee, make a habit to say something you’re grateful for everyday. You can think it to yourself in the morning as you wake up or write it down before bed at night.

And know that nothing’s too big or too small. For example I can be grateful for shelter and the fact that I’m alive or for the return of Gilmore Girls to Netflix this week: both are fine, nothing’s off limits. 

For me, I have a notebook where I write down what I’m grateful for every morning. I try to get at least 3 things down everyday, often times I do more. And no I don’t always feel like it, heck sometimes if I’m cranky I have trouble finding anything to write down. But once I do, I always feel better.

Gratitude is the best way to shift your mood and remind you of how good you have it.  

It can be easy to forget how fortunate we are, but giving thanks everyday is a great way to remind ourselves. So give it a try if you will. Yes it feels corny, but I swear, being consciously grateful for the other 364 days of the year is worth it!

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