3 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

Happy November friends! As you’ve likely heard me say before, this time of year is my favorite time of year, this month is my favorite month, and the practice of gratitude is one of my most favorite practices! It’s something I consistently practice to help me stay in touch with all that is good and working in my life .I know for myself, it’s rather easy to fall down the rabbit hole of negativity and focus on all that is not as I want it to be. So I’ve made the practice of gratitude a priority in my life.

I’ve found that practicing gratitude has the power to reset my perspective, shifting me out of negative thoughts and feelings of lacking, back toward feelings of fullness and richness. It brings me back to the present moment, inviting me to see and put my attention on whatever is right in front of me at that moment. It invites me to let go of limiting thoughts, and it opens my heart so I feel lighter in my heart and mind. It shifts my outlook so that I can tap into a more positive, productive, and clear frame of mind.

Here are some simple ways to bring the practice of gratitude into your life right now.

  • Keep a gratitude journal and write down 3 things you are grateful for every night. It’s ok if your write down the same 3 things every night. From my experience once you write down 3, you’ll quickly realize there are 3 more to add! Honestly, it’s not the number of things you are grateful for that matters, it’s the simple act of acknowledging a few things that are good and working. Focusing on the good will help keep you in touch with “the good” in your life. It’s a real mindset shift!
  • Offer a moment of gratitude before you eat a meal. It could be acknowledging something you are grateful for from your day, or offering your gratitude for being able to have the delicious food in your plate, or offering your gratitude to the people who grew or made the food for you. You get the idea!
  • If you travel – especially during the holiday season – pause during your travels to thank the driver, the pilot, the universe, a higher power for getting you safely to your destination. This is something I do mentally all the time, especially when I’m driving somewhere new – I always pause periodically through the trip to say “thank you for getting me this far safely.” It helps keep me present during the journey and helps keep me calm, especially during traffic jams.

The more I practice gratitude, the better I feel. It both grounds me in the reality of all that is good and right and positive, and it connects me to something bigger than my worries and fears. It shifts me from that place of lacking, and yearning, and grasping to feeling full, expansive, abundant and content.

Try it out this month and see how you feel. Please share some of the ways you will practice gratitude this month on our
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