Today's Kindness #210: November 5, 2022
National Gratitude Month is in November and it is time to show some gratitude! Isn't it amazing how something as simple as gratitude can give new meaning to life? Research states that people who practice gratitude every day are not only happier but also healthier. So if you were looking for reasons to be thankful, then these benefits should be just the motivation you need.
Gratitude is the simplest way to change one's perspective of the world. It allows us to appreciate the positive, rather than focus on the negative aspects of our lives. Learning to be grateful helps us appreciate the little things in life that we tend to take for granted, which brings about a deep feeling of satisfaction that fulfills and nourishes us.
Being always grateful does not mean that one would deny the fact that negative things happen in life (that will be delusional); it means finding and focusing more on the good. It means finding something to be grateful for amid the preponderance of bitterness and hardship.
Gratitude has positively impacted psychological, physical, and personal well-being. Practicing gratitude or reflecting on what you're grateful for is an effective way to deal with life's chaotic, stressful and tense moments. Grateful people tend to sleep better, have lower stress levels, exercise more often, and eat healthier.
Coincidentally, Thanksgiving falls in gratitude month. On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate gratitude. So if you are the kind of person who needs a special occasion to be thankful, then Gratitude Month is the encouragement you've been looking for.
How To Observe:
Start a Gratitude Journal
Start a gratitude journal. It's not something you have to buy from the internet; just a simple notebook would do. Write three things you are grateful for every day; it could be something as simple as a good meal or a beautiful sunset. When you look back at all the things you've mentioned in the journal, you will be able to reflect on all the great things you've been missing out on all this time.
Share gratitude with other people. Tell them how much you appreciate their services, care, friendship, etc. Show your family how grateful you are to have them in your life, and let them know how they make your life better just by being a part of it.
Give Back to the Community
Show your gratitude and appreciation by giving back to the community. Helping out in the community is a good way to appreciate everything in life. So do your part and become something that others can be grateful for.
"When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere."
~ Emmanuel Dagher