Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines gratitude as, “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.” Synonyms for gratitude include: thanks, grace, appreciation, recognition, thankfulness. Gratitude has been linked to happiness, stronger relationships, reduced stress and anxiety. Gratitude is something that needs to be practiced time and time again.
I listened to a podcast by Sophia Bush when she interviewed Donovan Taylor-Hall. He perfectly explained that when you first start practicing gratitude it is not only a challenge to give, but can also be uncomfortable to receive. Through practice, these interactions become more comfortable, more natural and really valued.
There is a push and encouragement to start your day with gratitude. There are journals, quotes, posters, apps that focus on mindfulness and meditation, all to remind us to be grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives.
I invite you to take time over this Thanksgiving holiday to find who and what you are grateful for. I also encourage you to think about what you are grateful for within yourself. What are you proud of? Remember: YOU ARE ENOUGH. Often times, the holidays can be a challenge for families as they reflect on who may be missing from their table. I wish you positive thoughts during these times and moments to reflect on the happiness that still lives in memories and photographs.
Today I am grateful for my family, friends, coworkers, health, students and their families. I am also thankful for you, as my readers. It may sound cheesy, but without you there would be no reason to continue writing this blog. Without you, my goal to spread kindness would be a small ripple from a tiny pebble. But with all of you, I think we are on track for a kindness wave.
As always, thank you for reading and for helping spread positively and kindness.