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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Embrace Holiday Gratitude

I really like the holiday season! The spirit of giving and family togetherness makes my heart sing. During the holidays people can be the people they truly want to be all year (Scrooged). My favorite trait that is displayed more over the holidays than at any other time? Gratitude!

Gratitude: The Finest Holiday Lesson

The magic of the holidays can be enhanced by gratitude. You see, gratitude isn’t just saying “thanks.” It’s a method of showing the world not just how we really feel, but also how we work together with others. A grateful heart notices the sweetness in small moments – like laughter at a family dinner, watching birds flock above, savoring a warm tea after a long day.

Research have proven that those that practice gratitude have healthier relationships. Gratitude brings closeness. Do you know that grateful individuals have 13 % fewer arguments? Think about that! We may all have fewer squabbles over the holidays and extra room for compassion and understanding.

Tips to Grow Your Practice of Gratitude This Season

  1. Begin and Finish Your Day with Gratitude: Do you journal? If not, start every single day by jotting down ideas of what you might be grateful for. At bedtime, record your thoughts to remember the fun, wonderful events of the day as you fall asleep.
  2. Pause for a Heartfelt Thank You: Make it a habit to pause and sincerely thank somebody. While you’re at it, be sure to share a “thank-you” with yourself!
  3. Savor the Moment: Whether it’s a meal, a view, or a talk, savor your experiences and acknowledge the individuals who made every second of those events precious.
  4. Write Thank-You Notes: Thanks notes make recipients feel appreciated. This tangible expression of thankfulness can evolve into a cherished holiday custom, a win/win for you, as the receiver to express gratitude and to the giver who experiences feelings of  appreciation.
  5. Acknowledge Gratitude from Others: When people express gratitude, acknowledge it. This reinforces the importance of thankfulness and retains the cycle of gratitude going.


Lessons of the Holidays

This can be a time to show children that giving a present is better than getting a present. It’s referred to as generosity of spirit! We may help the next generations practice gratitude this holiday season and every single day.

Gratitude, Pass it On

This season, I encourage you to practice holiday gratitude. Are you noticing the small joys? Do you are feeling awe? I hope so. Share the present of gratitude with others. Show your appreciation for these round you, say “thanks”, and let your heartfelt gratitude fill your life, and the lives of these you contact.

In doing so, you’ll discover that the true magic of the holiday lies not simply within the twinkling lights and festive gatherings, but in loving, grateful connections.

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Ann believes the key to a purposeful life lies in embracing the present moment, and her mission is to inspire others to live intentionally, both personally and professionally. Join her on a journey of self-discovery, where each mindful choice leads to a more harmonious life.

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