The Quality of Being Thankful (and a printable challenge!)

The Quality of Being Thankful (and a printable challenge!)

gratitude/ˈɡratɪtjuːd/noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Gratitude has the ability to change the lens that we see the world through. When we express gratitude it strengthens our emotions and can dramatically lift our spirit. Research suggests that practicing gratitude can rid feelings of envy and help us bounce back from stress. Gratitude leads to happiness, health, and more sound sleep. 

Life is unpredictable. There are so many things that take place that are out of our control. When these things happen, we are presented with a choice. We can let stress, negativity, and anxiety take over our hearts or we can shift our focus and proclaim all the good in our lives. When we make gratitude and thankfulness a priority, our emotions and life's surprises don't dictate our responses. Gratitude gives us power over situations that are beyond our control. It takes practice and focus to notice and celebrate all the good things in your life. Once you start making gratitude a daily practice, it will fill your heart and lift your mood. 

 In a previous post, I briefly talked about how gratitude helped to keep me afloat through a dark period of time in my life. I believe in the power of gratitude so much because of my own personal experience. 

We want you to invite you to participate in a gratitude challenge that goes a step further than just making a list of what you're thankful for (which is a great daily discipline).

gratitude/ˈɡratɪtjuːd/noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Gratitude is about more than just being thankful. That's the first step. Let's go a step further together to the "show appreciation and return kindness" part. In this season where so many things could be pulling at your attention and begging you to "do, do do", we are not trying to create more work for you. This is a tool to help bring some centeredness to the things that you are feeling gratitude for. Use it as your advent calendar, use it to get your to-do list done, use it to find your priorities. 

It's simple and customizable to fit your life:

In the "Statement" category, list things that you are thankful for. It can be one thing for each day of December, it can be 5 things total, you're the boss here. In the "Action Point" category, list an action point to go along with it. Here's a simple example (we like simple because #momlife).

Statement: I am thankful for coffee. Action Point: buy someone a coffee.

Statement: I am thankful for my family. Action Point: spend intentional time together as a family or call your mom.

Pay attention to how your heart feels, does your perspective shift? Do you find yourself smiling more? Are you less bothered when things unfold differently than how you thought? 

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