Thanksgiving is a holiday that, unfortunately, we all often take for granted. It seems like right after Halloween, more and more people seem to skip Thanksgiving and jump right into Christmas.
I love the Thanksgiving holiday and believe it teaches us a wonderful lesson that we should commit to keeping all the time. The lesson is to always keep an attitude of gratitude, it is the best attitude to have. It’s almost impossible to be negative when you have a spirit of Thanksgiving, and there’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.
Having an attitude of gratitude also contributes to being healthier. Studies show that thankful people tend to eat healthier and develop stronger immune systems. When we are thankful, we cope with stress better and we also sleep better. Having an attitude of gratitude gives us more energy which increases our productivity.
Successful people practice gratitude, that’s part of it. Successful people enjoy happiness and they are thankful for all that life has to offer.
Have you found yourself perhaps being a little less thankful than you should be? Here are some ways to develop an “attitude of gratitude.”
1) Start a gratitude journal.
For the next 30 days, take a few moments each morning and write down some things you’re thankful for. Make a commitment to do this and be very specific. You will be amazed how your thoughts become much more positive.
2) Share with others.
We’ve always had a tradition before our Thanksgiving meal to share what we are grateful for. Make it a habit to talk about what you are grateful for ALL the time, this will reinforce your feelings. If you are really thankful, start sharing with others.
3) Spend time meditating.
Throughout the day, take time to meditate or pray and give thanks. Focus on a spirit of gratitude. What and who are you thankful for?
4) Express gratitude to others.
Gratitude is a great form of courtesy. There have been many people along your journey that have made a difference in your life, both big and small. Reach out to them and let them know. Writing an email, sending a text or a card goes a long way.
5) Surround yourself with thankful people.
If you really want to be thankful, start hanging around with people who have an attitude of gratitude. Their attitude will rub off on you. Being around people with an attitude of gratitude in all things will certainly change your outlook on life.
The best attitude to have at all times is “an attitude of gratitude.” Make a commitment to celebrate Thanksgiving every day, keep your focus on being grateful. I promise that you will enjoy life much more.
What are you thankful for? Have an awesome week!
Regional Sales Manager RMS