This article by Joan Frances Moran reflects on daily gratitude and how we can practice it everyday and why it is important during the holidays.
Giving gratitude throughout the year is crucial for good mental health. Gratitude stimulates your neurotransmitters, the hormones that bring energy and happiness into your living experience.
Also, during periods that build up the stress, like the holidays, there is the anticipation of entering a new year with all the new resolutions you hope to keep longer than the month of January. At those times, making gratitude a daily part of your life can ease the tension.
Here are some ways that you can focus on in order to grow your gratitude:
Reflect on the people who you are grateful for. Even people who don’t seem that obvious, such as random people you meet at the store or at an event.
Reflect on your talents. Think about all the things you have that may not be tangible, like your background, education, your motivation, your environment, or your strength.
Reflect on Moments. Think about times in your life that have brought you to where you are today. This can be how your parents influenced you, your connections with mentors or teachers, and travel experiences.
Reflect on the places. Consider the places you wish to visit in the future, or your favorite retreat, your “happy place”, what you do with your spare time that has been more important or useful to you. This can be past, present, or future.
Reflect on your passions. Look for ways to express your gratitude for what excites you and brings you joy. Consider giving your time or money to causes in which you believe in. Show kindness and thank those who show it back.
All in all, whatever you put you there into the world, it will come back to you. It can be a large source of positive energy and while you are infusing yourself with daily gratitude, you will affect others as well. When other people fell your positive energy, and they can emulate it and pay it forward to the next person.
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