“Don’t brood over your misfortunes; be thankful for what you still have.”
― Latika Teotia
With holidays approaching...I felt compelled to share the importance of being thankful. We can get wrapped up in the extracurricular activities of the holidays; the music, the decorations, the presents, the food, and how frustrating family can get. However, the reality of it is, no matter what religion or holiday you celebrate...being thankful for what you have should always be the top priority [and not just in the holiday season, in every day life.]
I will guide you on some ways to be more thankful and in turn, it could help you be a better person and live a happier life with what you have now.
Every day wake up and say aloud at least three things you are thankful for. If you start your day on a solid, positive foundation it's less likely for something to come along and push you off. You'll start to realize the things you're overlooking instead of appreciating. Most of us want more out of life; things, people, travel, but sometimes we miss how fortunate we already are. Aspire for those things, but always bring yourself back to what you already have to be thankful for. I definitely try and do this each day when I get a second, it helps steer me in the positive direction I need [if you know me, this is why I smile so much, I'm thankful for what I have in my life].
I tell my clients and you, repeatedly, JOURNAL. When you write down what you are thankful for it can help you visualize those things which you might forget after a long, hard day or a holiday. Just write a couple things each day or week. These things should be people, belongings you already have and enjoyable moments you've experienced. This allows you to actually view how fortunate you really are. Sometimes it could even be the motivator for you to make a change in your life. Life is an experiment, try journaling and see how it works for you.
Start to say thank you more! I am truly thankful to be taught at a young age the importance of saying thank you and appreciating people. When you give someone a thank you, you are basically telling them..."I acknowledge you, I am grateful for you and I respect you"...who doesn't like to hear that?! With the craziness we live in nowadays, a thank you goes a long way. Say it more to strangers, your friends, your family and your significant other. Let people know you are thankful for them and how they enrich your life.
Use social media for positivity and to spread gratitude. Sometimes social media can cause us to wish for a better life and become bitter about our own. Be happy for what you have, be happy for what others have. Use social media for a more positive platform. Start commenting and showing positivity to others. Leave encouraging comments and inspire others to achieve more and help them appreciate themselves. You might not even realize the impact one positive comment can make to someone. Tell people you're thankful for them when you feel it online! [I'm thankful you're reading my blog!]
Be thankful in all the moments. We live life fast...we're here, we're gone. Time is fleeting. Make sure in the big moments and more importantly the small ones, you stand back, get present, and be thankful to fully enjoy it. It's good to look back and remember how great those memories were, but it's even better to have fully experienced it in that exact point in time, when it was happening. Take in every sensation that you feel in those moments and remember it's in that present moment that you will feel truly alive. You'll thank yourself!
I will always stand by that there's always something positive for every negative experience. Without the bad, there would be no good. We need the constant force of both to promote life lessons and life satisfaction.
So be thankful for the bad times as well as the good ones.
Lastly, the most important thing to remember when being thankful is a perspective. When you can see your life from a different perspective instead of the perspective you wish, you could be a lot happier with your existence. There are plenty of individuals that have showed me the importance of looking at different perspectives. I don't have it all...I have more than some and I have less than some, but I am truly thankful for everything that I have in my life thus far because it's uniquely mine. Be thankful for what is uniquely yours!
Be thankful for what you have, because in the blink of an eye, it can all get taken away from you. No matter how mundane or stressful things can get, there is always time and something to be thankful for.