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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Being Grateful

Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

I encourage you to celebrate the new year by taking the time to think about what you are grateful for and express that gratitude. Be truly thankful for the bounty of food before you and recognize that it should not be taken for granted. Be thankful for the people around you and celebrate with family, friends or neighbors. Be thankful for your health and your body’s ability to heal itself. Be thankful for all the things in your life that make you happy and take the time to reevaluate those that don’t.

There are so many things that nourish our bodies, aside from what choices we make concerning food. When all the different aspects of our lives are in balance, this is when our body, mind and soul thrive and we are at our healthiest. Think about all of the different areas of your life…. your relationships with friends and family, your romantic relationship, your career path, your home and physical surroundings, the amount of physical activity you make time for….. and recognize imbalances. What areas would you like to change, where is there room for improvement? How can you create the exact life that you want to live, in the exact world that you want to live it in?

We have the power to create the life we want and we have the power to change the things in our lives that we are unsatisfied with, but we all too often let fear hold us back. All year long, be thankful for the areas in which you are satisfied, but also take steps towards changing the rest. Set goals for yourself. Write them down and hold yourself accountable for reaching them.

  1. Take out a piece of paper and write down your life goals for where you want to be or what you want to accomplish 1 month from now, 6 months from now, and 1 year from now.
  2. On another piece of paper make three lists of the steps you need to take to make each of those goals attainable.
  3. Use a journal to keep track of your goals and your progress. Check off each step as you accomplish it and update them as your goals change.
  4. Express gratitude towards the people or opportunities that helped you reach each goal. Below, you will find ten tips on how to do just that!

10 Ways to Express Gratitude

  1. Wake up with gratitude. Before you even get out of bed each morning, say one thing that you are grateful for.

  2. Write a quick "Thank You" note or card to someone who has done something nice, or simply been there for you.

  3. Be generous with affection. Everyone loves hugs!!

  4. Practice random act of kindness. They will make you feel good and put a smile on someone else's face as well.

  5. Give back. Donate time, money,
    goods to those less fortunate.

  6. Acknowledge jobs well done. Even something as simple as letting a manager at your local coffee shop how great your favorite barista is, can make someone's day. Who knows, maybe he/she will receive a bonus as a result.

  7. Write down 10 things you like about yourself. Write down 10 things you like about someone else and send it to them.

  8. Let go of anger and resentment and forgive someone towards whom you hold a grudge.

  9. Pray or meditate. Taking the time to collect your thoughts will help you find balance and be more aware of the things that you are grateful for.

  10. Make someone a healthy meal. The way to everyone's heart is through their stomach. A delicious homemade meal full of love and gratitude will be warmly accepted.

Keep it Fresh!

- Jill

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