5 Ways Gratitude Can Can Get You Through The Holidays
Gratitude says: in this time, in this place I acknowledge all the things I’m grateful for.
Sufficiency says: in this time, in this place, I have enough.
And the holidays are a perfect time to practice both.
The endless barrage of adverts has begun and the message that what we really need is a whole host of shiny new things is gently being planted.
If you’d like to get back to the real meaning of the holidays, here are five ways you can use gratitude to do it:
Keep a journal.
Either at the start or end of every day, write down three things you’re grateful for and three things you have enough of.
For example, I’m grateful the family are all well and we’ll be seeing them over the holidays, we don’t see them enough. I have enough clothes to keep me warm, more than most in fact.
Give at least one compliment a day.
Either to someone else or by inviting someone to share in a moment with you.
For example: I love talking to you, thanks so much for calling or don’t you love how festive everything looks when it snows?
Ask what can I learn from this?
If you find yourself in a difficult situation ask yourself what can I learn from this and what will you be grateful for when it’s over.
For example: Today I learned that Christmas can be a really stressful time for so many people, so much so that they feel the need to shout at their fellow commuters and complain about the crowds. I’m grateful the holidays don’t make me that stressed. Next time I will recognize their stress and show them some kindness..
Nothing gets you in the mood for the real meaning of the holidays than helping others and giving back.
For example: there are loads of causes you can get involved in over the holidays, those that help elderly and homeless will be especially grateful for extra hands, or if you’re an animal lover maybe a pet shelter is more up your street. Or maybe something closer to home, getting the local kids involved in something Christmassy, or simply visiting an elderly neighbor who you know will be alone.
It’s the perfect gift for everyone – it’s free to give and to get – it’s always welcomed and it makes both the giver and the receiver feel better. It’s literally good for everyone’s health and reduces stress levels.
And now you’re aware of all the things you have to be grateful for, you won’t be able to stop smiling!
At any and every point there is the opportunity to practice gratitude, don’t pick and choose or wonder if or why, just do it!