The Gift of Gratitude

By Kate O

The Gift of Gratitude

As the lazy days of summer dwindle and sweater weather emerges, the season invites along with it the excitement of Thanksgiving.  Autumn is the time of year where many focus on choosing gratitude. 

Gratitude is not something that everyone naturally expresses, but rather is manifested through cultivation.  Melody Beattie, an American author, writes in her book Codependent No More, ¨Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.¨  To rephrase, in order to exhibit gratitude, you must decide to look for and appreciate the good things that are taking place in your life.  So even if you are stuck saying ¨how can I be grateful when the world has been stuck in a pandemic for nearly two years?¨ or ¨there is nothing good to be grateful for,¨ think again, and CHOOSE GRATITUDE!!!

So now that you guys know what gratitude is and the multitudes of benefits it has in store, here are a few ways to demonstrate it and reap its rewards:

  1. Smile 
  2. Be present 
  3. Tell someone (authentically) that you are grateful for them
  4. Attempt to make a list of every little thing that you´re grateful for
  5. Compliment others
  6. Hug someone/shake their hand
  7. Write a thoughtful thank you note with your own creativity
  8. Volunteer/donate to others out of the abundance you have been given
  9. Be optimistic and use your negative experiences to contrast them from the things you are grateful for
  10.   Think of situations that would be worse than what is happening now (personally, culturally, or globally)