When so much time is spent each year on acquiring more or worrying about not having enough, it is refreshing to have a day set aside as a reminder to take stock and count your blessings. Have you found yourself feeling a little down lately? Are your thoughts centered from a place of lack? Are you feeling the beginning of winter blues? If so, there is no time like the present to begin your “Giving Thanks List”.
Letting the feelings associated with gratitude surface is one of the best ways to pivot from ANY negative emotions. Kind of like the “think happy thoughts” exercise. Think of the people who make you smile, the people who you are blessed to have in your life, the work that you thoroughly enjoy and someone is foolish enough to be paying you to do, and last and surely NOT least, the fact that you are able to be sitting here reading this article. Wow! I bet I made you smile. See, it wasn’t difficult and it works rather quickly!’ The saying, “the joy is in the giving, not in the receiving” is never truer than at Thanksgiving.
Since reflection can turn a mood around, why not share the wealth? Instead of just taking pleasure from what has made life better, why not give some back? Call up that friend who is ALWAYS there for you and let him/her know how much you appreciate them, or how about that teacher who inspired you to continue your education that helped you land the job of a lifetime, or your parents, children or spouse who encourage, support and motivate you. It is so easy to take the people who you always see for granted, simply because they are always there. But what if they were not? Letting people know that they play an important role in your life and that they are valued is one of the most precious gifts that can be given. And it’s FREE! It is funny how praise, gratitude and appreciation works. When you take the time to be generous with others, you attract and therefore receive more.
As they say “it’s the season”! Remember that if you consciously, intentionally, deliberately begin looking at all the things you appreciate and are grateful for in your life that negativity WILL dissipate. In fact, who says that Thanksgiving can only occur once each year? Use it as a “secret weapon” whenever you need to pick yourself, or someone else up.
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