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Practicing Gratitude During The Holidays

Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

The Holidays are a time to pause and reflect, to spend time with family, and to take in all that has happened over the past year. Life isn’t always beautiful and fun and happy — often times it’s just the opposite. Life can be hard and full of pain and sorrow — I’ve certainly had my fair this year, like most people. Because try as we might, there’s no way to escape the highs and lows and very lows that come in life — it’s part of the human experience.

Despite all that we may go through though, it’s important to remember that being alive is a joy and privilege and something to be grateful for. It’s easy to be grateful when things are going well — but what about when they’re not? When things are hard, being grateful can feel like the last thing you want to do, especially during the Holidays.

Here are some simple and easy ways you can practice gratitude, even when you don’t feel like it:

  1. Make a list of things that you’re grateful for, and hang it on your bedroom wall or on the fridge. Put it in a place where you can see it everyday. Once you start making a list, you’ll realize just how much you have to be grateful for, and putting it in a spot you pass by on a daily basis serves as a good reminder.
  2. Tell someone once a week you’re grateful for them. When’s the last time someone told you how grateful they are for you and how much you mean to them? When’s the last time you did this for someone else? It can be an email, a phone call, a text message or a letter. Whatever way you choose, once a week, pick someone you’re grateful for and let them know. It’s guaranteed to make their day — and yours.
  3. Keep a journal. In addition to the list of things you’re grateful for, keep a journal and make a note of something that happens each day that you’re grateful for. It can be one paragraph, one sentence, or simply one word. The important thing is to write it down and then go back later and look at everything you’ve written down. It will not only remind you of everything you have to be grateful for, but it will change how you view people and things in your life.

Especially during this Holiday season, remember to pause and reflect on all that you have to be grateful for.

Dad. Husband. Army vet. Enjoy running, cycling, cooking, and guitar.

Dad. Husband. Army vet. Enjoy running, cycling, cooking, and guitar.