It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without taking a moment to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. It may be cliche, but I really think remembering why we are grateful is just as important as healthy eating. I noticed a huge shift in my spirits when I stopped reflecting on how far I had to go, and embraced how far I had come.
That said, I didn’t just get there solely by thinking to myself, “I’m going to be more grateful today!” I leveraged resources, guides and people to help move me to a place of gratitude. And it’s not a perfectly linear journey. I have good days and bad. In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share those tools with you!
1. Career/Life Coaching
This isn’t feasible for everyone because it is a financial investment, but this is the biggest thing that helped me in my journey to gratitude. I started it in hopes of figuring out a career path, but it ended up being more about understanding me and how I had wired myself and my thinking. I spent the majority of 2017 partnering with my coach, Christina, to uncover my core values, my strengths, and how to speak up and tell people what I want in my career and life. It’s the reason I even started this blog. Just talking to a neutral party about it can be life changing. It was for me.
If you’re curious about coaching and want more details, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Christina’s website, The Corporate Rebel Coach.
2. Gratitude Journals
It’s one of the easiest ways to get into the habit of practicing gratitude. If you’re new to this, a blank journal can be tough to get you started. I recommend finding one with prompts. I personally like the Erin Condren options she has in addition to her planners.
There are also several apps you can download and journal digitally! Grateful: A Gratitude Journal is free and also prompt-based.
3. Express thankfulness and gratitude to others
We often are quick to tell someone when they did something wrong, before we say what they did right. The easiest way to feel gratitude is to give it. Email a co-worker’s boss with something they did a great job at. Call your parents just to say hi. Text a friend you are thinking about them. Help your neighbor with a task. The ideas are endless and it can be as big or small as you feel comfortable with.
As I leave you with these ideas, I hope you and your family have a wonderfully thankful Thanksgiving. I for one am grateful for all of the love and support I have on my blog. You all have embraced this journey of mine and it means the world to me! ??
I would love to hear other ways you practice gratitude. Leave me a comment!