I find it so ironic that the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. People who just spent the day before being thankful, run out to stores to buy more stuff. This topic is one that is talked about every year around this time, and I don’t want to be just another voice saying the same thing. So, I’m not going to comment more on that.
However, this subject gets me thinking about how important it is to be grateful daily, not just once a year. Gratitude is rarely something that just happens. More often than not, we have to be intentional about cultivating and maintaining a grateful attitude. So, as we head into the bustle of the Christmas season, consider making the time to implement one or more of these ideas each day.
Three Easy Ways to Stay in a Grateful State
1. Meditate on the things that you are grateful for
Take a few moments to just sit and reflect. Think about what you are grateful for today, this week, this month, etc. This exercise doesn’t have to take long, but if you make it part of your morning routine, it sets a positive and grateful tone for the rest of your day.
2. Make a “Gratitude” or “Blessings” Jar
I’ve seen this idea floating around the internet, and I love it! (Though in full disclosure, I haven’t actually done it . . . yet). Basically, all you have to do is get a jar or container that you like and label it to please your aesthetic standards. Store it somewhere convenient and keep pen and paper handy. Throughout the year, write down things that you are grateful for, or that have blessed you. At the end of the year, you have a jar full of blessings and gratitude.
3. Keep a Gratitude Journal
This is one of my favorites, probably because I am a writer by nature. Keep a journal dedicated to writing down things that you are grateful for. Try to make it a habit to write at least one thing a day. It is so fun going back and reading what you’ve written later! I designed a simple journal for just this purpose. You can get it here. If you aren’t a writer, you can also try keeping a video journal.