The main ingredient of Thanksgiving is not turkey, but gratitude. It has been scientifically proven that people who practice gratitude daily are better able to cope with stress, sleep better at night, and are more likely to reach their goals. Below are three ways you can incorporate gratitude into your day:
1. Write thank you notes: Do you have a co-worker, old friend or mentor who has made a difference in your life? When is the last time you told them? Sit down and write a thank you note for the difference they have made in your life. The more you do it, the more it will become habit.
2. Give a compliment: Give at least one compliment daily. It can be to a person or it can be asking someone to share in your appreciation of something else. For example "I love that we have casual Friday, don't you?"
3. Make a promise: Vow to not complain, criticize, or gossip for 5 days. At the end of the 5 days, take note of how much energy you were spending on negative thoughts and actions.
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie