November… It’s the calm before the rushed craziness of December. It’s a time for family and friends. It’s a time to openly give thanks for all we have…even if we have financial problems, health issues, are struggling emotionally, whatever, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
Human beings are funny. We tend to think more about what we don’t have, rather than all that we do have. It can be tough to drop that bad habit called ungratefulness.
There is no better time to practice intentional gratitude than in the month of November. After all, November gets the distinction of having a whole day dedicated to giving thanks.
Scientific research shows that giving thanks makes us happier. And, we NEED a lot more happy in this world!
Let’s get started, then.
How do we apply intentional gratitude to our daily life?
- Give thanks to the Lord in all that you do.
- Don’t overlook the simple things in life.
- Practice, practice, practice gratitude. Daily.
- Unload what you don’t need to someone who needs it.
- Pray everyday.
- Talk a walk. Breathe fresh air.
- Write it down. Count your blessings. Keep a gratitude journal.
- Be kind to others. Say thank you…a lot.
- Focus on what is really important.
- Give compliments daily.
- Be generous with others. They will be grateful too.
- Get involved in a cause that is important to you.
That is a few ways to start applying daily gratitude to your life. Intentional gratitude takes focus and practice. But, I promise, once you start practicing intentional gratitude it will become a healthy habit. You will find yourself noticing the little things that you previously took for granted. Today, start making gratitude a part of your daily life.
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