A friend of mine asked me if I knew what vitamin G was, and despite being a health nut I was perplexed. He smiled and said, the G stands for gratitude. Ever wonder where the word gratitude came from? It is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness, a pretty good group of G words. But, when gratitude is practiced, can it actually be good for your life? That would be a research affirming YES! Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is definitely worth the extra effort because studies conclude it is good for your health and happiness.
As you move into the holiday season take gratitude with you everywhere you go. Put this concept into practice by putting away your electronics and your “mental to do list”, so you can be fully present with your friends and family. Hug longer, talk slower, practice active listening, and pause to count your blessings and to say thank you. Studies actually show that a simple heartfelt thank you can motivate you to work harder because you feel appreciated and valued. This might be a good thing to keep in mind when recruiting people to help with post-holiday party cleanup.
Not all your holiday gatherings are going to be perfect sailing, so when you hit a rough patch, focus on the positive and your mood will automatically be elevated. What you focus on influences your thoughts and your thoughts impact your experience. So, lean into abundance by focusing on all that is good in your life rather than what is missing. This intentional shift in thinking will help you appreciate the things that really matter. Remember, getting together during the holiday’s is not about having a clean house or perfect meal or table setting. It is about community, connecting and sharing experiences and appreciating time with one another.
If you need some ideas to cultivate a little extra gratitude try one of the below exercises.
3 Gratitude Exercises:
- Before you eat have everyone pause for a full minute to focus on one thing for which they are grateful. Then go around the table and have everyone share their thoughts.
- Put up big blank post-it notes in your house and have everyone write down or draw a few things for which they are grateful.
- Hug someone for 30 seconds and before you untangle from the hug tell them why you are grateful for them.
7 Simple Ways to Flex your Gratitude Muscles:
- Write a thank-you note
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Count your blessings
- Thank someone
- Pause, Pray, Meditate
- Tell someone you love them
- Remember someone who has passed and smile because of all you experienced with them, rather than all that has been lost. Love you mom!
May you be abundantly blessed this holiday season and don’t forget to take your vitamin G.
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