You’re here. You’ve made it! We are staring Thanksgiving in the face, which means Christmas, followed by the close of another year. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, this moment—right here, right now—is all about pausing.
If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to forget the importance of just pausing and thinking of one positive thing I’m grateful for. It’s an exercise that is highly underrated. I intend on living a life full of gratitude, and most of the time I think I could say I do at a subconscious level. But, I don’t always take time to bring it to the surface and live through that filter in my everyday life.
What if we made our gratefulness known? What if, instead of keeping it inside, we expressed it out loud?
Here are my top 3 go-to’s to bring gratitude out:
Say it out loud to myself.
Say it out loud to others.
Use social media to highlight what I’m FOR, not just what I’m against.
A key element to bringing gratitude out is as simple as saying it out loud to yourself. It’s not rocket science. It’s just using our voice to articulate thankful thoughts and forming them into words that our ears can hear. “I’m thankful I woke up this morning . . .” and “I’m thankful for my crazy busy life . . . ” “I’m thankful for the simple things . . .” “I’m thankful for the answered prayers represented in my life . . .” Whatever it may be for you, think a grateful thought and then say it out loud to yourself. Your gratitude meter will shoot up in no time.
Another way to create an atmosphere of gratitude around you is to say it out loud to others. Again, in some ways it seems too easy. And yet, how many times do we let a moment of gratitude pass us by when we’re with our family, or a good friend, or even a kind stranger. While you’re out and about this holiday season, use your words to highlight those people who are extra nice to you when you’re checking out at a store, or sitting down to a restaurant. "Thank you for having a smile on your face when we arrived here today. Your attitude makes a difference!” Not only will you make their day better, but your own soul will be lifted as well.
‘Tis the generation to get on social media and post every little thing. How about this holiday season we challenge ourselves to only use social media to highlight what you’re FOR, not what you’re against. Post about why you love this season, the people you love in your life, the good things that happen, or the bright side of a situation that maybe wasn’t so great. Whatever you choose to do to work out this challenge in your world, use your social platforms to focus on the positive!