Happy November, everyone!
As we enter the Holiday season, you’ll get bombarded with ads of the coolest and newest toys, electronics, jewelry, and cars. I know I don’t need to remind you to take a personal inventory for what you already have and be grateful for that first, but I do want to urge you all to find ways to show it.
Here are 5 ways I show my gratitude:
1) Write it Down
Most people in the blogging-verse keep journals. Am I right? It is a very personal experience, and everyone does it their own way. Not many people journal in a “Dear Diary” format, rather a list or brainstorm format.
For me, I write down things I am grateful for now and in the future. It goes on kind of like a list and for pages at a time. In doing so, I really challenge myself to look at all that I have, and it makes me realize that I have all that I need no matter what my circumstances are.
It helps to do this every morning in order to begin the day with a grateful attitude. When I get in my car, I am grateful that I have a reliable vehicle. When I get out on the roads, I am grateful that the plows were out before me and did a great job. When I get to the gym, I am grateful that there is a staff of people willing to wake up and get to work before I get there! So on and so on.
Starting your day with itemizing things you are grateful for shifts your mindset for the day and makes you more appreciative for things we all take advantage of daily.
2) Verbalize It
Journaling is great, and I definitely recommend it because it helps us realize what we take for granted and really appreciate it when we see it on paper.
Think of what you would write down… Do you ever think to tell the subject itself that you are grateful for it? I am not talking about telling your house that you appreciate it, but what about the accountant who does your taxes? The barista who makes your coffee a couple of times a week? The person who let you go ahead of them in a line that was already taking forever?
You might tell your spouse or significant other that you love and appreciate them every day, but how about the custodian at work? Or the concierge at your apartment building? Going out of your way to say thank you can make a huge difference. It can make someone who feels unappreciated feel like they are getting credited for their hard work. It can make someone who is unmotivated or who has lost their drive feel that acknowledgment for their efforts.
Say something! It can make all the difference!
3) Care For Your Things
One way to show your gratitude for material things is to take care of them! There is a fine line here because there are two extremes that people can go to. For example, say you just got your dream car. You might be overly obsessive and not want to drive it too much to put too many miles on it, or you might want to take it everywhere and let all of your friends joy-ride in it with you.
The perfect middle ground might look something like driving it economically and rotating the tires, changing the oil, and washing it regularly. You don’t want to diminish the value all too quickly, but you want to get use out of your big purchase. This is how we show our material things how grateful we are for them: by giving them a little TLC.
4) Nourish Your Relationships
Just like your material things, your relationships deserve some TLC as well. You can show your gratitude for your friends, family, and/or significant other in so many ways other than just saying it. Think about a daily chore you could take off their shoulders, a small gift they would love, an activity that is something they like to do to enjoy with them.
In small ways we can show the people we love that we appreciate them. All it takes is doing something to make their day more enjoyable and at no large cost. Consider learning their love language and aiming towards that. Sometimes you can show your appreciation for someone by, simply, sitting on the couch and watching a game or their favorite tv show with them. Learn more about the love languages in the book attached below.
5) Pay it Forward
Everyday, I write and think about how much I appreciate the generosity of others. After all, my livelihood depends on it. Sometimes I am truly amazed at the way that people give to others. Have you ever watched those viral videos where someone randomly gives out hundreds of dollars? Or any of the Ellen Shows? It just blows me away–talk about life goals!
The only way I could think of showing my gratitude in this aspect is to pay it forward and spread the generosity. Have you ever been on the receiving end of this? Think of a time when someones random act of kindness totally re-routed the way your day was going. You can be that person, too. All you have to do is, simply, pay it forward.
By paying it forward, you are spreading that generosity bug and creating that continuum of people giving to others. It creates a whole chain reaction creating endless amounts of gratitude in others. Learn more about Paying it Forward and what it means to me by clicking here.
What did I do today to show my gratitude?
I was sincerely thinking about all of this today during my workout. I thought, I need to be better about showing people I love how much they mean to me. As a part of my Friday morning ritual, I stop at Starbucks and treat myself to a non-fat, no-water, Chai with 2 shots of espresso. It is my way of rewarding myself for a week well-lived.
The line for the drive-thru was so long, but this kind gentleman let me in before him. While I was in the line, I was really thinking about how much I missed my sister and how hard she has been working with her promotion. I decided it would be a great idea to buy her a nice lunch, so I went on Venmo and sent her some money with a little message telling her that I was grateful for her and how hard of a worker she is.
And in that happy place of gratitude, I decided to buy the order for that kind gentleman behind me and the car behind him. It is so awesome to think that while this guy was (likely) on his way to work, he let me go in front of him in line… and (again, likely) before his morning coffee! I think that courteously letting someone in line before you during a busy morning rush creates that generosity chain reaction. What he gave was his time, and that is more valuable than money or material things.
What I am grateful for today:
Today I am grateful for my family and the strong bonds we all share.
What are you grateful for today? How will you show it? Let me know in the comments!