Finding time to breathe deeply and savor our moments is a huge challenge and can be especially so during the busy holiday season.
I know the feeling and I am sure that you do, too. When your To Do List is brimming, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that your cup, too, is brimming … brimming with things to feel grateful about! Pausing to remember this, in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, is one of the most meaningful and rejuvenating gifts that you can possibly give yourself at this time of year.
Actually, I’d advise you to think of this as a responsibility … not a gift. You’re more likely to do it when you really take in the fact that giving this to yourself not only enhances your experience but also actually enables you to:
- Be more present to your whole holiday experience;
- Have more energy and a more positive attitude; and
- Get more done!
And you’ll notice that the title of this post refers to both breathing in and breathing out your gratitude. That’s a reminder that, not only is it important to experience our own feelings of gratitude … but it’s a gift, also, to express gratitude. As has been noted by writers and thinkers throughout the year, gratitude, like a Thanksgiving meal, is best when shared.
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward
So, to fully experience your holiday moments, give yourself … and your friends and family … the gift of gratitude. I am quite sure that you will see a difference in your energy and your attitude as you leaven it with gratitude!
© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.