Three Easy Ways You Can Give Thanks Everyday!
Although today is America’s Thanksgiving (and Canadians like myself have celebrated this holiday over a month ago), I’m always brought to the point where I have to ask myself am I showing thanks only during the holidays when I’m “supposed” to?
You see, the beauty about being a millennial in the twenty-first century is that I’ve grown accustomed to think that the world is all about me and I shouldn’t be thankful for the bare necessities.
The “me-me-mes” is what I would love to call this, and truth be told, this isn’t just my generation doing this, but rather most of the people who live in the Western world who feels as though they need to keep up with the Joneses so everything has to be about doing what everyone else is doing so it looks like we’re all doing something different.
If it does, it’s time to take a deep breath and realize that you need to show thanks more often for what you already have at this very moment.
You see, there are a small percent of us that are setting goals that are well beyond our stretch, on a spiritual and emotional level, and there’s a large percent of us that are just hoping things will happen because we’re tired of the same ol’, same ol’.
But if you can’t be thankful for what you have right now no matter what percent you fall into, how will you be able to manage and handle a new change or shift in your life?
Three ways that you can show thanks everyday are easier than you think:
- Make it apart of your routine: The same way you brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning should be the same way you give thanks by just using the simple phrase “THANK YOU!”. Be thankful that you have another chance and a new day, because many people don’t.
- Name the top three things you’re thankful for and mediate on them: Remember when I said we’re raised in a “me, me, me” culture? Well, start to shift your thinking by naming three “basic” things you’re thankful for and meditate on them. For example, you could say that you’re thankful for clean water, a roof over your head and food on your plate. Meditating on this is reminding yourself consistently when you start to revert back to the “me, me, me” mindset that tells you that you don’t have enough stuff and that you need more when in actuality, many of us don’t!
- Write it down: Sticky notes are great tool for you to use to remind yourself to say thanks everyday. Post what you’re thankful for on your fridge, your mirror, even your desk at work to keep the momentum going so you remind yourself of this very thing!
So start right now by just saying thank you for what you have so you can start to appreciate what you’ve been taking for granted for so long.