As we enter into the season of giving thanks, let’s explore the practice of gratitude and its’ power to impact our lives in a positive way.
Here is the dictionary definition of gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Expressing gratitude can have a positive impact on your life and the lives of others. Those who actively acknowledge the good in their daily lives are happier, more successful, and feel more optimistic. No matter how big or small, it is inherently easier to appreciate the positive things in our life than our setbacks. The good things bring us joy and give us immediate gratification. It’s natural to give and receive gratitude when a stranger holds the door open for you or when your boss recognizes the hard work you’ve been putting in.
However, expressing gratitude for the challenges, failures, and hard situations is a skill we must learn. Being able to find a reason to feel thankful even during tough days can help shift your mindset and turn things around faster.
Life is all about perspective. In each moment we can either choose to accept a negative situation as just that - one that will drag us down rather than raise us up, or we can choose to turn the situation into one that will serve us. Finding a way to learn and grow from each situation is a skill that will not only benefit ourselves in the long run, but those around us. Inspiring others to lead a life in which they learn and grow from each situation is something that we can all achieve.
Here are a few ways to practice gratitude even during the difficult times:
1. Look at each argument as a moment to practice strong communication skills
2. When things break down in your house, go to your favorite room and find thanks for having a roof and safe home
3. If you are frustrated driving in traffic, pat your dashboard and find gratitude for a reliable car
4. When work is stressful, take a few deep breaths and find gratitude for a stable job
Use situations that frustrate you as a moment to evaluate your own triggers and areas of growth.
What is one way you will practice gratitude today?