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Monday, November 25, 2013
Great idea: Tell others about your gratitudes
On Thursday here in America, we are celebrating one of our
national holidays, Thanksgiving Day. For many people, it’s
day to get together with family and share traditional meals
such as turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.
But the original intention of Thanksgiving was to encourage
us to remember and celebrate all the things we are grateful
for and appreciate. Here are some ideas for making this a
Find the rainbows
When you’re struggling with rainy days and whiny children,
brighten your spirits by looking for rainbows instead of
clouds. Even in the middle of a really bad time in your
life, you can always find a few things to appreciate.
Start by watching for positive things that show up when you
weren’t looking for them. Label these tiny bright spots as
rainbows—gifts that slip in quietly, giving you an emotional
boost right in the middle of an otherwise difficult day.
Cultivate a sense of gratitude about the simple things that
happen in your life. Be thankful each time that your
children arrive home safely after school. At bedtime,
appreciate your cozy blanket and the way your pillow fluffs
up under your head. Pay attention to these rainbows and
consider all the ways they help you feel better.
Now take another step and start writing down all the things
you are thankful for. Call this your gratitude journal or
your rainbow list. Watch for bits of joy, kindness, and
beauty that cross your path. Keep your notebook handy this
week and record all of these special things.
Put your favorite people, events, or places on your
gratitude list. Include your friends and family members,
then add acquaintances such as the friendly neighbor who
always waves as you drive past.
Think about the subtle rainbows such as the person who
delivers your mail during the middle of a snowstorm or the
grocery clerk who slips your eggs into a separate bag to
protect them from breaking.
Fill some of your journal pages with great memories and
events from the past. Recall favorite books that give you
great insight or music artists who move you to tears. At the
end of each day, read from your gratitude journal and
celebrate what’s good in the world.
I recently heard that it’s physically impossible to feel
angry and grateful at the same time. So if you find yourself
frustrated with life challenges or bad drivers, immediately
pull out your list and review a few gratitudes. You’ll
discover you can instantly change your attitude as well as
your actions by simply focusing on the good things in your
Tell the world
To take this a step further, share your gratitudes with
others. Look for opportunities to tell people that you
appreciate them and the things they do. Say it to the wait
staff at your favorite restaurant. Express it to the person
who bags your groceries, smiles at you on the bus or holds a
door and allows you to go first.
Food starts to seem less important when you’re handing out
rainbows to people around you. In fact, you’ll soon begin to
see gratitude in them as well. And maybe you’ll even prevent
others from eating in response to their troubles.
Anytime you’re tempted to eat away a bad day, get grateful
instead. Instantly change your attitude and your actions by
going back to your journal and reviewing the good things in
your life. Then pass it on to the world.
Know others who've got a minute? Forward this ezine and
brighten their day.