I want to start with a video clip today. It does mention God, but you can replace it with nature or higher power – whatever works for you.
- Today I was grateful for an easy bedtime because I felt like I could connect with son rather than being the night-time dictator.
- Today my delicious lunch nourished me and it was exactly what I needed. And I’m grateful to my husband for making it!
- I’m grateful for that butterfly on my walk today because it reminded of how generous nature is with her beauty.
- A gratitude jar, where you write something you are grateful for and add it to the jar every day,
- A rock that you keep in your pocket and every time you touch it, think of something you are grateful for,
- A gratitude box with thoughts for loved ones,
- Walking can be a gratitude practice, if paired with reflection
- Or a gratitude journal, like me.
Can you imagine how many more opportunities for gratitude there will be if we make a practice of sharing our gratefulness with others on top of our own practice? Where would you, your family, your company, the world even, go from there? From a place of gratitude and joy?
As we look for opportunities to be grateful, practice being grateful and share that gratitude with others, I want to share one last story, close to my heart. My family with my 2 little ones, 5 and 6.5, started a tradition about 2 years ago of answering the prompt at dinner “today I am grateful for _____”. We try to do it few days a week, and it’s been really sweet to see my kids thankfulness grow from being grateful for the dinner we were eating, to visiting grandparents, and now for meaningful moments in their days. It’s offered us insight to their minds and we get to ask questions to help them reflect. And because of these conversations, we started volunteering together by planting trees and picking up trash as a family, as another way to share and spread happiness to those around us.
There is no one way to have a gratitude practice and express your appreciation. Explore these tools (or others!) to find what works for you. And keep on embracing and sharing those good feelings of gratitude!