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A Gratitude Practice for Anyone and Everyone

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! This morning (still in San Diego), we went to La Jolla cove. While taking in the beauty, I started to journal and really think about what the holiday season and gratitude both mean to me. I absolutely love the holiday season and Thanksgiving for many reasons. I love that it brings family together, that people put others first and, for lack of a better term, people are ‘on their best behavior’ at this time of year. I also love that it seems to be the only time of the year where we all collectively acknowledge what we are grateful for. I almost see Thanksgiving as a gratitude practice for anyone and everyone.

I have been trying more and more to practice gratitude year-round, that is acknowledging what I’m grateful for and why, in an attempt to live a bit more in the present. It has helped me see the good in my day to day, and has really started to shift my focus to the positive.

As I began to journal this morning, I thought of all of the people around the world getting ready to share what they are thankful for. I sat on a cliff at La Jolla cove and began to write about all I’m thankful and grateful for.

Then, I started to scroll Instagram and Facebook and I felt grateful for everyone who shared. I also couldn’t help but notice that I saw so many people that otherwise may not participate in sharing their gratitude normally sharing today. And that put a huge smile on my face.

I truly believe that the world will be a better place once we all start to recognize what we are grateful for daily. When I first began my personal gratitude practice, I was really intimidated. I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing, and it felt weird to think about what I’m grateful for every day.

If you’re feeling like you want to invite gratitude into your life every day, Thanksgiving can be a perfect time to begin. Below you’ll find my gratitude practice for anyone. Nine questions you can use to dig deeper into what you’re grateful for. Fill them all out or pick a few that resonate you.

A Gratitude Practice for Anyone

  1. What am I grateful for today?
  2. Who am I grateful for today?
  3. Why do I choose to be grateful? Why is gratitude important to me?
  4. Is there anything that I’m taking for granted that I should instead be grateful for?
  5. What negative parts of life and our world can I try to better understand through gratitude?
  6. How can I remember to be grateful when it seems difficult?
  7. How can I influence and affect others with gratitude?
  8. How can I practice gratitude daily?
  9. Is there anything else on my mind today?

I have to say that I am truly thankful for this community and all the support. I hope this post allows you to dig deeper, and that you take time today to really think about what you’re grateful for. Make sure to revisit this gratitude practice for anyone as often as you need it.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. What is one thing you are especially grateful for today? How can you work to think of this gratitude everyday?

  • Patricia Laufer

    Love this! I have a post it note in my medicine cabinet that reads, “Three things” and each night Fred and I tell each other three things we are thankful for. Sometimes we forget but it’s now happening automatically (research shows that the brain actually starts to change as we practice this) and my mind scans my environment for the good!!!

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