The Secret to Being Thankful All Year Long
Is there a secret to being thankful? And how do you maintain a mindset and attitude of thankfulness all throughout the year? Well, those are two very good questions.
First off, the answer is yes—there is a secret to being thankful. It lies in what you place your focus on, coupled with your overall perspective. Secondly, you'll be happy to know that being thankful is not just for the Thanksgiving holiday, but for each and every day of your life. Again, it is driven by what you choose to focus on and how you maintain a positive perspective about your life, even when things aren't going as you want them to.
So now that you know the secret to thankfulness, exactly how do you go about ensuring that you are focusing on the things that will cultivate thankfulness in your daily life? How do you perpetuate thankfulness and gratitude throughout the good times and the not-so-good times? Let's break it down into four important points that will help you achieve that goal. They are not difficult to do, but only require that you focus your energies, thoughts and overall mindset on them.
Live in the moment.
The first step in cultivating more thankfulness and gratitude in your life is being present and living in the moment. It's easy to get caught up in thoughts of the past, both good and bad, and looking forward to the future or possibly even fretting about it. Stop. Just stop. Life is overflowing with endless possibilities to enrich your life each and every moment of the day. Don't just go through the motions. Don't hurry through in search of better times. Don't get stuck in memories of times past. Do live with purpose. Do savor the moments. Do acknowledge the past for what it is and was, then move on. Time is fleeting and it needs to be seized while it can be. Before you know it, today's moment become's tomorrow's memory.
Appreciate what you have right here, right now.
Being mindful and aware of wanting to maintain a thankful mindset is a big step in the right direction. If you don't know your goal, how exactly are you going to achieve it? Once you've committed to exhibiting thankfulness, you'll want to look at your life as it is in this moment in time. Don't focus behind or ahead, zero in on the here and now with laser focus. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Find it. The happiest people are ones with an "abundance mindset" where they find contentment with what they have and do not dwell on what they lack.
Mindfully implement an attitude of gratitude.
But how? How do you take action and implement an attitude of gratitude every single day, even on bad days? It may help you to keep a Gratitude Journal or make an Oath of Thankfulness. Being thankful is a conscious decision, and one that needs to be practiced. Journaling or sharing your moments of gratitude with others in a meaningful way is a good way to focus on your goal and consistently apply it in your daily life. You'll held yourself accountable and you may even inspire others along the way. Another good practice is to immerse yourself into a thankful mindset by reading motivational and inspirational quotes that reinforce those ideas. What you surround yourself with, what you think about, and what you focus on are all influential factors in your life.
Change your thoughts, change your life.
Speaking of influential factors, your thoughts direct your actions and therefore your life. Though you can't always control what's going on around you, the good news is that you do have control over your thoughts and what you allow your mind to dwell on. If negativity creeps in, as it so easily can at times, acknowledge it for what it is and then stop. Stop the thought process from going forward and developing into anything more. Quell it from affecting your mood or robbing you of the positive things that are most certainly part of your day, too. You'll decrease the chance of that repetitive negative thinking that comes from allowing it to continue from the onset. You have the power and conscious choice to change what affects your attitude and spirit. Choose wisely! It's only when you change the direction of your thoughts and control them to the best of your human ability that you can then propel them forward into actions that will impact your life in a positive way.
Are you ready to be more mindful about having thankfulness as a part of your everyday life? Apply some of these principles and let us know how they work for you!