How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? With a big family feast and football? I hope that however you choose to spend your day, it is full of gratitude and appreciation. Giving thanks is a powerful, transformative act that should not be relegated to one day a year. I challenge you to search for ways to show appreciation for others every day. What an impact you can make on your family, friends, and coworkers by showing them a heart of gratitude every day.
When you think of Thanksgiving, do you usually picture working out at the gym? I know a few friends who are gym rats that probably do but for the majority of us, the answer would be no. And just like you wouldn’t expect to be ripped by going to the gym once a year, you can’t expect your ability to appreciate and give thanks to be strong by only doing it once a year. You have to make gratitude a daily habit. It doesn’t have to be some big, long, drawn-out production. You can choose to have a heart of gratitude every day and all it takes is looking around. Your life is a thanksgiving gym and there are weights, workout machines, and treadmills all around. You just have to pick which one you are going to use that day.
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As you start to work on giving thanks regularly, there may be certain times, or specific people or things that make it easy to show appreciation. It’s natural to be grateful to your spouse for making dinner, to a friend for giving you a ride, or to a coworker who helped on one of your projects but can you display a thankful heart when things are stressful? There will be some days when it just doesn’t seem like there is anything to be thankful for. These are the days when you really need to find something. Make it a habit that when you are experiencing negative feelings, search for something to be grateful for. Even something as simple as the sunrise or the air you breathe. Find something to appreciate and you’ll see that it will quickly improve your negative attitude.
I don’t know about you, but I like to eat. Thanksgiving dinner is always a special time with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and of course, pie. It’s very easy to be thankful for a wonderful meal on thanksgiving but it’s also easy to show a grateful heart at any meal. This is an excellent way to build up that gratefulness muscle. At every meal, just be thankful for the food you get to eat. You can say a prayer if you’d like or just pause for a second to appreciate the food, the people who made it, the farms that grew the food, and everyone involved in bringing it to your pantry. Keeping an attitude of thankfulness throughout the year will make a huge impact on your life. It is one of the keys to being content and happy.
I want to take a moment to thank you for reading this blog post. I don’t know what brought you to this page but I appreciate you and want you to know that I sincerely hope that these words will aid you in creating an attitude of thankfulness. Thank you for taking a break from social media scrolling and taking the time to read this. It really does mean a lot to me. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve you in this way and I do pray that everyone who reads this will be changed in a positive way. My goal is to provide motivation, inspiration, and education. If any of these words have resonated with you, please reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. I can be reached on Instagram, Facebook, or by using the contact form below. I hope every day is a happy thanksgiving day for you.