13 Dec Four Ways To Express Gratitude This Holiday Season
It’s the time of year when things are busy, holidays are happening and we tend to take stock of what this year has brought us. The end of the year is not just great for days in the sun but also for being grateful for all that we have and all that is to come. Practising gratitude has been proven to improve our mental health, our relationships and our overall feelings in our life. Living with an attitude of gratitude helps you notice the small and big wins in your life and make room for the things to come. Here are four ways you can practice gratitude this holiday season and beyond.
Write it down
Whether you journal or just write it down on some sticky notes, write down three things in your life that you are grateful for. Look at the people in your life, your career, your day or yourself and jot down the things that make you happy and thankful.
You can’t have a rainbow without a bit of rain
We can only experience joy because we know how sadness feels and the same goes for gratitude. There was once a time when you didn’t have what you have now, where perhaps you were in a more difficult position, the contrast between then and now can help you be more grateful for your current life.
Share the thanks
Research shows that when we show appreciation to the people in our lives, it helps to strengthen the relationship. When the people in your life do something that you like or help you with something, be sure to let them know!
Sit with the feeling
We’re not about toxic positivity around here, so feel the things you need to feel and that includes gratitude. When you feel the feeling of gratitude be sure to really sit in that feeling and allow yourself to be appreciative of the good things in your life, even when it’s about yourself. Hug yourself, hug the people in your life, verbally says thanks, show love in a way that speaks to you and express your feelings because you deserve to do so.
Cultivating gratitude can help shift your perspective especially when you’re feeling down or finding it difficult to get in that headspace. Gratitude will help you to build more resilience when the going gets tough because you’re able to see the brighter side and keep going.