'Tis The Season To Be Grateful.
The holiday season is upon us! And it’s a great time to let a little gratitude in!
Being grateful can be a great way to keep the holidays cool, calm and collected.
Some benefits of gratitude include, improved psychological well-being, improved physical health, stronger relationships, and increased resilience. Additionally, gratitude can help people cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.
All great things to improve upon, right?
Are you willing to give it a go?
Here are some ways that you can be more grateful. I would suggest picking one or two of these ways, so it's easier to be consistence with them. Once you get 1 or 2 down, pick a few more. You'll find yourself flying through the holidays with ease!
1. Acknowledge the good in your life:
This can be accomplished through keeping a gratitude journal where you write down things you're thankful for each day, or by simply taking a few moments each day to reflect on the things in your life that you're grateful for. Another way to acknowledge the good in your life is to show appreciation for the people and things in your life that make it good. This could involve expressing your thanks to someone who has done something nice for you, or showing your appreciation in other ways such as through acts of kindness.
2. Be mindful of the present moment:
There are many ways to be more mindful of the present. One way is to focus on your breath and count each inhale and exhale. Another way is to pay attention to your senses and notice what you see, smell, taste, feel, and hear. You can also try to notice your thoughts and feelings without judging them.
3. Express your gratitude:
There are many ways to express gratitude. Some people might say "thank you," while others might write a thank-you note or perform a kind act for the person they are grateful to.
4. Be grateful for what you have:
Being grateful for what you have means to appreciate what you have been given in life. It is important to be thankful for the good things that happen to you, and to show your appreciation through your actions.
5. Be positive:
Some ways to be more positive are to meditate, do yoga, and exercise regularly. Also, try to surround yourself with positive people, and avoid negative influences.
6. Think of others:
Some ways to think of others more are to be aware of their feelings and needs, to be interested in their lives and experiences, and to be willing to help them when they need it. Additionally, trying to see things from their perspective and being understanding and forgiving can also help someone to think of others more.
7. Give back/pay it forward:
There are many ways to give back and pay it forward. Some examples include volunteering, donating to charity, and helping others in need. Being a service to others in need sets an excellent example for those who receive, as well as those that are affected by your generosity.
So let the true meaning of this holiday shine through, by remembering that gratitude is the reason for the season!
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