I’m not American but I have always been fascinated by this holiday.
When I was working at Goldman Sachs, my colleagues in the U.S. would tell me about their family traditions of big hearty meals with their family, snow falling outside, laughter, love and a good dose of American Football thrown into the mix.
Even though we don’t celebrate the holiday in Hong Kong, I think it’s a great opportunity for us to stop. Give thanks. And be grateful for all that we have.
Even if life is less than perfect right now, there are things to be grateful for.
Gratitude is a hot topic.
Studies are showing that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits like:
- Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
- Higher levels of positive emotions;
- More joy, optimism, and happiness;
- Acting with more generosity and compassion;
- Feeling less lonely and isolated.
So how do you practice gratutide?
Here are 3 easy steps to try:
- Write a gratitude journal
Before you scoff at the idea, here me out.
Emmons’ research from UC Davis has found that men and women who wrote a few lines each week about recent events that made them feel grateful, tended to feel more optimistic and better about their lives overall and also slept better!
If you’re not a pen and paper kinda person then check out a number of gratitude apps available in i-Tunes and record your blessings there.
It may seem like a pain but what’s 5 minutes a day to re-count everything that’s going well and feel better about yourself?
- Watch your language
Do you focus on the negative instead of the positive?
Well, flip it around.
Instead of focusing on lack, negativity, regrets and not having enough. Flip your thoughts on their head.
Think about what you DO have: abundance, blessings, good fortune.
You’ll attract more of the good stuff if you stop to appreciate it all along the way.
- Tell someone that you are grateful for them
It doesn’t have to be a big dramatic Hollywood moment but a little goes a long way.
Perhaps you could try to:
- Look your boyfriend/husband in the eye and tell him you love him and are grateful for his support
- Text your best friend to say thanks for helping you through a tough time
- Call your mum to say hi and tell her you love her
- Tell your barista that they made a great coffee
Now I’d love to hear from you:
- What do you do for thanksgiving?
- What are 5 things you are grateful for?
Leave a comment below.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.