Yup, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and tis the season for joyful gratitude! Thanksgiving is a day when many of us take a break from being overwhelmed and overworked; we celebrate family, friends, food and faith with a grateful heart.
It’s easy to be grateful for those extraordinary moments when things are going well, however, it’s even more important to find joy and gratitude in the ordinary simple things. Things we often take for granted and forget to notice like the simple pleasure of being alive, able to move and breathe.
Energy flows where attention goes and when we focus on the simple things we are grateful for we begin to notice the abundance of things we actually have to be grateful for.
Being grateful is an important practice and has been scientifically shown to make us happier. It’s the easiest way to feel better almost instantly and is one of the most powerful tools for creating a more joyful life. When you are grateful, your brain releases those feel good hormones we know as endorphins!
I invite you to try it and encourage your kids too! Practice saying thank you. Find every little reason to express your gratitude. Say thank you to your family, your friends, and your pets. Say thank you to schoolmates, co-workers and the cashier. Say thank you to your food, a warm cup of tea or cocoa. Say thank you as your release your day and slip into peaceful sleep.
A simple practice is to say thank you each morning for being alive, able to move and breathe. Inhale joy as you open your arms wide, exhale bringing your hands to your heart in gratitude!
We can also encourage our kids to be grateful with a Gratitude Jar. Every day they can write down one thing they are grateful for and place it in the jar. It will bring joy to their heart when they open it up at the end of the year and remember all the simple things they have been grateful for.
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Blessings to you and yours.
With joyful gratitude, Kathe