Practicing Gratitude

Happy (day late) American Thanksgiving!

While it’s origins aren’t pretty (not getting into that here), American Thanksgiving is centered around food, family, friends, and above all else gratitude. A majority of people that celebrate have traditions of sharing what they are grateful for with the rest of their gathering and make a point of choosing something that is applicable to not just them, but the group as a whole.

And as great as these traditions are, there is science behind gratitude, not just as a once a year thing but a daily practice, improving the quality of life. These studies show over and over again how mental health and overall well being are improved by the daily practice.

While it’s origins aren’t pretty (not getting into that here), American Thanksgiving is centered around food, family, friends, and above all else gratitude. A majority of people that celebrate have traditions of sharing what they are grateful for with the rest of their gathering and make a point of choosing something that is applicable to not just them, but the group as a whole.

A Daily Practice of Gratitude

This isn’t a novel idea. In fact it seems like everywhere you look lately, there is someone talking about the incredible advantages of carving out moments a day to stop and smell the roses. These benefits (thoroughly pilfered from this Forbes article) can include:

  1. The development of more meaningful relationships

  2. The improvement of physical health

  3. The improvement of mental health

  4. Enhances empathy and curbs aggression

  5. Can improve sleep (hello beautiful!)

  6. Improves self-esteem

  7. Increases mental strength

Those are some hefty benefits for taking the time to jot down what you feel grateful for. I mean really. Five minutes a day. Holy moly.

Tools to Use

Just as a heads up, I am not an affiliate for anything that I list below. They are either super awesome in my opinion or I use them personally. I wouldn’t recommend something that I didn’t think would add value for you.

A good journal like these ones from Krysta Ann Williams is a great place to start. Just jotting things down as they happen or taking a few moments in the morning and evening to be grateful in an intentional way is amazing.

I personally use the Five Minute Journal from Intelligent Change Inc. You may recognize Mimi and Alex Ikonn from YouTube where they started their brands and lifestyle vlogs, but they have an amazing product in the Five Minute journal. I don’t use the paper one (though I have had the pleasure of flipping through the book at my local Paper Source), I use the app, which for a one time purchase of $4.99, is so worth it.

Not buying into the whole gratitude practice thing? That’s cool. The regular practice of something has been shown to improve quality of life too. You might want to check out Lunar Abundance from Ezzie Spencer. No magic, no crazy requirements, just living with intention with a natural timeline. My husband thought I was nuts the first time I said “moon journal” but it is magical in it’s own not woo-woo way.

A Holiday

I know that I’m cutting this one a little (okay a lot) shorter than normal, but I wanted to take the time to write this week and share. I’ve got a piece of pie with my name all over it and a big meal to sleep off. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back next week!


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