This is a time of year when there is a lot of focus on being thankful. It is a special time of year when we stop and take time out to to remember all the good in our lives. We remember how lucky we are, how loved we are, how many blessings we truly have. Opening our hearts to this time of increased gratitude is part of what is referred to as the holiday spirit and makes us feel really good. As this season of love and gratitude fills your heart up to the brim, consider how your life would change if you were able to live like that all year long. With a few simple habits, you and your whole family can live a life of gratitude 12 months a year.
These are 4 simple ways to live with a more grateful heart:
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
Each night, take all of 5 minutes to look into your heart , reflect on your day and name two things you are grateful for. Write them down in a journal. It can be a beautiful part of anyone's nighttime ritual. It doesn't take a big time commitment but in no time at all you have pages and pages of things you are thankful to have in your life.
2. Have a nightly gratitude check in with your children.
As part of bedtime routines, everyone can name something about the day they are grateful for. With the extra motivation to model positive, healthy habits for our children, this practice holds us as parents accountable to maintain this simple ritual.
3. Fill a Gratitude Jar.
As often as works for you and your family, have each member write out a statement of gratitude. Simply toss it in the jar when finished. A gratitude jar is a very sweet, physical reminder that there is always so much to be grateful for. Leave your family's gratitude jar somewhere prominent in order for everyone to watch it become fuller and fuller. Birthdays, thanksgiving and other holidays are a great time for everyone to grab a handful of these little notes and read them out loud.
4. Write someone a letter of thanks.
Is there someone in your life that you haven't properly thanked? A parent for their sacrifice and endless love? A neighbor for helping out when you needed an extra hand? The delivery person for going out of his or her way to keep your package dry on that rainy day delivery? Writing a simple note or an extended letter of thanks will not only feed your soul but it will mean so much to the person who receives it.
Open yourself to living with more gratitude now and the entire year and you will open yourself up to receive even more abundance!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading. xo