Fall is traditionally associated with a time of harvest. We get to bask in the magic of leaves changing, lots of amazing vegetables and fruits, hitting local farms for their bounty. One of my favourite things about fall is Thanksgiving dinner with my family. We do the usual. Everyone huddles around the table to enjoy an array of delicious treats. We play cards, drink wine or beer, talk about good times, go for walks and top it off with the best pumpkin pie ever. Everyone goes home stuffed and full of love. In our own little way, we observe a beautiful ritual. A moment of gratitude for each other, for the food we’ve had, for a beautiful year together as a family. It’s interesting how we all have these lovely moments that really tap into the magic of gratitude without even realizing what’s happening. I started to think, how cool would it be if we all tap into the power of gratitude on a regular basis.
- Say thank you. For everything. Seems easy enough and it is! Say thank you when someone holds a door for you, when a driver lets you cross the street first, when a person gives you something special. Thanks is a powerful tool.
- Start a gratitude list. I got this practice from the Magic and it was brilliant. if you can, bust out a journal daily and write down 5 things you’re grateful for. It can be anything. An example is, “I am grateful for this holiday, because it gives me more time to spend with my family.” Give clear reasons why you’re grateful for what you have.
- Put the word gratitude up somewhere you’ll see it. Every day. In fact, if you can put the word grateful or gratitude up somewhere so that it’s the first thing you see when you wake up, do that. It’s a reminder for you to start your day off with a grateful frame of mind.