If you haven’t noticed, for the past 7 days this has been a mini challenge of sorts. We’ve come to the end of our mini-challenge, and we’ve covered quite a bit of information. You’ve learned why acknowledging, embracing and expressing gratitude is so important. You’ve also learned a few specific ways to begin a practice of gratitude in your own life. I’d like to expand on that as we end our challenge to provide you with a more in-depth list of helpful tips to tap into the power of being grateful. You can use these ideas as you move forward in creating your own routine.
Take a Gratitude Walk
Going for a walk is a great way to relieve stress and get perspective. You step away from your “norm” and go out into the fresh air and get away from distractions. Think of this walk as a mini meditation session. And, surprise, it’s a great way to focus on gratitude. While on your walk pay attention to anything that comes to your mind. I guarantee you’ll discover plenty to be thankful for during your walk.
Make a Gratitude Collage
Imagine being able to see your gratefulness every day? You can do this by making a gratitude collage. This is the same as a vision board. You can cut out pictures from a magazine or personal photos. Your new collage can laid out on a poster board or you can get more creative and decorative. You can even keep your board online on Pinterest or some other app. The point is to collect images that move you to consider all of your blessings. It’s a good idea to put your board in a place where you can see it or access it daily. Think about adding to it continuously to keep its momentum going.
Host a Friendsgiving
Friendsgiving is like Thanksgiving, but with friends and maybe some chosen family. Get creative, have your own special gathering, customized by you any time you want. A gratitude party or get-together can remind you of the people who are most important in your life and improve existing bonds.
Look for Gratitude in Challenges
Let’s turn things around a bit. It’s very easy to focus on the bad stuff. I’m sure you have focused on the bad stuff pretty easily…right? Sometimes we get stuck in the negative and allow it to weigh us down. Don’t worry, this is natural. BUT you can interrupt that cycle by consciously working to find gratitude in life’s challenges. Look for the lessons or the silver linings. Write them down in your gratitude journal or make a note so that you can look back and remember the good that came from difficult times.
One of the most impactful ways to gain perspective and be grateful for what you have is to help others that are in need. This can be through volunteering with a philanthropic organization or it can simply be something like helping a neighbor you see who could use a hand. No matter what it is, you’ll reap the rewards when you give to others. Try to do something to help someone else at least once a week, and you’re sure to experience a boost in gratitude.
Give these ideas a try. Research or brainstorm some additional ones on your own. Just get started so you can see just what a difference embracing a mindset of gratitude can have on your entire life.
Thank you for being awesome! - Liz Lima