Originating with the Pilgrims as a harvest festival to celebrate the blessings of the year gone by, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder to appreciate all the good in life and never take for granted all that you have.
The Gratitude Attitude
Gratitude is a way to appreciate what you have instead of reaching for something that you think with make you happier.
According to Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, gratitude is an awareness of goodness in the world. It is an acknowledgement that the source of this goodness is outside of ourselves. We experience gratitude when we recognize and appreciate the positive aspects of life. Gratitude does not minimize or ignore the hardships and complications of life, rather it calls on us to recognize the goodness that exists.
Ways to Cultivate Gratitude into Your Everyday Life
Incorporating gratitude every day is simple – take notice in the beauty of nature, nurture your friendships, smile more, avoid negative media and rhetoric, volunteer for organizations that help others and don’t gossip or speak badly about anyone.
Find Gratitude in Your Challenges
Gratitude is not only about being thankful for positive experiences. In fact sometimes thinking about negative or difficult situations can help to really see what you have to be thankful for.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Each day take time out to write down a few things that you personally appreciate or are thankful for in your life. It will keep you focused and will help you look on the bright side of life.
Share Your Gratitude
Gratitude does not have to be saved for the big things in life. The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for. Next time your spouse, partner, friend or family member does something you appreciate, let them know.
Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase, it is also possible to focus on what you are grateful for (such as the laughter of children at play, a summer’s day, etc.).
When asked what she is most grateful for, St. Petersburg RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer says, “I am grateful for my family and friends which strengthen me, the continued support of my loyal clients, and the companionship of my adorable dog Parker. I am thankful knowing that I have helped clients realize their real estate goals and dreams, and am honored by the trust and confidence they place in me.”
Bottom Line: Remember to capture your gratitude attitude at home, at work, and with family, friends, and strangers. Make being grateful a habit. Happy Thanksgiving 2022!
Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body, and Soul, by Robert Emmons and Joanna Hill
A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life, by John Kralik
The Little Book of Gratitude, by Robert Emmons
St. Petersburg Communities
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