Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This morning I woke up and the first thing that I thought about was how we walk around saying “Happy Thanksgiving” without really thinking about what we are really grateful for. Recently so many people have been shackled by the election results rather than focusing on what they can do and all the gifts we should have deep gratitude for.
Here are a few tips that will improve your gratitude and improve your life. Do these this week or every day!
- If you need a little support for living with more gratitude and gradually improving your life, sign up for MorningCoach.com. For about $30/month, you get 15 minutes of gratitude, motivation and tips for improving your life. It is a podcast released 7 days a week that starts your day off right. The reason this is number one is because JB Glossinger inspired me to write this blog post. Everyday he inspires me in more ways than I can imagine.
- Appreciate life itself. Think of people we have lost. Somehow it hits so much deeper when someone gifted and talented takes their own life.
- Recognize distractions – drinking, drugs, clutter, and remove them. One piece at a time but you will make progress each day.
- Journal – write down 5-10 things to be grateful for. Also write down things you want removed or minimized from your life. That can be people too!
- Review your photo galleries – So much to be thankful for over the years. What photo can you take today?
- Recognize people in your life that you truly love. Write them a note and tell them. No reason – just do it.
- Take 2 minutes to stop, breathe, think and act. Feel the gratitude coming in. Some people call it prayer, some call it meditation but just stop and relax.
- Accept compliments and gratitude. Accept a smile from a stranger. Give a smile to a stranger.
- Ask for people in your life to give you feedback. Make it easy and non-confrontational for them.
- Remember where you are from. Your family, your friends and your place. We don’t always love everything but there are some things we just can’t change. Accept and love them.
- Change the language you use. Whether you talk to friends, clients or yourself one word can change the feeling. I was listening to a real estate coach the other day and he advised that when addressing people’s objections, change one word. He was talking about when we talk to clients. I was thinking “I do this in my self-talk”. His advise was to acknowledge the issue and avoid the “BUT”. Instead of saying “I was too busy to get to XYX but I really want to help them” say “I was too busy to get to XYZ AND I really want to help them”. There are probably lots of ways to do this and this is the one I’m focusing on now and am amazed at how it really can change you.
- Hang around grateful people. That doesn’t mean people who are always positive or cheerful.
- Celebrate good things. In little ways. This is another MorningCoach tip — when you find more money in your life, do the Money Dance. Even if it is a penny you found – celebrate. Little wins are still wins!
- Celebrate with your friends. If you have a friend who has good success come to them, don’t be jealous. Don’t discount what they did to make it happen.
- Take a mini-break to do something no one else expects you to do. Plan, create, envision. It can be 15 minutes, a few hours or a project that takes a year. Recognize that this feeds your soul.