Let’s Talk About: Being Thankful

TODAY is turkey day. One of my favorite holidays. It’s a day to relax, eat good food, and to see some of my favorite people. The day itself sparks thoughts about what it means to be thankful for everything in my life. With that being said, I would love to talk about what it means to be thankful and how to create the habit of thankfulness in our lives.

Being thankful means appreciation. Appreciation for everything in our life. Sometimes it can be hard to appreciate everything you have going on in your life, but I think it can be pretty easy when you realize that just breathing can be the greatest gift you could ever have. You cannot accomplish anything without being alive, right?

I think it is pretty easy to be thankful when we understand that if we are breathing we have the opportunity to make things better in our lives. Whenever I feel like I have an ungrateful attitude because of things happening in my life that seem to be negative, I go back to the basics. I look at the physical things around me and just acknowledge the life around me. I’m thankful that I even have the chance to change my circumstances.

So how do we create the habit of thankfulness? For me it starts with the quiet time I create for myself every morning. By waking up early before work and making time for myself I am doing something tangible in order to create a habit. Instead of just trying to convince myself in my mind that I am a thankful, I take physical action and put pen to paper.

I start each day off making a list of things that I appreciate in my life. Below is an example of a list that I made this morning:

          1. This day and it’s opportunities.
          1. My wife
          1. My family
          1. The friends in my life
          1. My career
          1. The lessons I’ve learned in my life
          1. My home
          1. Being in America
          1. Having the Opportunity to better my life
          1. Food to eat and being debt free due to working hard

By actually making a list every day I create an instinct and a habit of thankfulness in my life. This ensures that I remain an appreciative person each and every day.

Like most things in regards to personal development, being thankful has to do with our mindset and attitude. We can choose to have a grateful outlook or a “my situation sucks and it’s because of this or that” type of attitude.

This comes down to also taking responsibility for our own circumstances and not blaming others. It’s pretty hard to remain thankful for what’s in our life when we blame others for anything that may be negative.

With today being thanksgiving I think that we should all take a moment to reflect on everything that is on our life. Reflect on how we got to this point in our life and be appreciative of the opportunity we have to make our lives even more awesome than they are.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Love on yourself and love on others.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh

One comment

  1. Great post! I find being grateful about the little things can be the best thing for cultivating a positive mindset, especially when you feel negative

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