We have a designated holiday to take time to reflect on all the things we have in our lives for which we should be grateful…but that’s one day out of 365. What about the rest of the year?
Acknowledging how busy peoples’ lives are, we should practice gratitude on a more regular basis (than once a year). It will remind you of all the wonderful things you may take for granted, including your own talents and contributions to the world. How often do you really think about the positive impact that you make?
Some of the obvious topics that come up when considering gratitude are friends, family, and other people who have positively impacted your life. That teacher who encouraged you and helped nurture a talent. A friend who uncomplainingly brought you a spare key when you locked yourself out of your car late at night (yep, that’s you, G – thank you!). That steadfast canine best pal you had when you were growing up. You have received kindness from others, so remember it. Let the gratitude wash over you and fill your heart. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Now let’s take time to toot our own horns. What talents do you have that make a positive impact? Are you a supportive friend, an engaged parent? Are you an excellent violinist or pie maker? Your talents enrich this world and other peoples’ lives – really consider that one. You make other people happy, and that’s a true talent of which you should be proud. Are you kind to people and/or animals? Pat yourself on the back. Seriously. This world needs more people like you.
This may strike you as cheesy or unnecessary, but before you dismiss it, try doing it and see if you find it a worthwhile exercise. If nothing else, it may make you smile.