Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and closely on its heels are the winter holidays. During the holidays, we often take part in holiday traditions that have been carried on in our families for generations. These traditions present the occasion for family and friends (even distant relatives) to enjoy each other’s company, share a meal and make memories. It is no wonder that during this time of year, we stop and reflect on everything we’re thankful for.
At Hale Cosmeceuticals, we are thankful for our wonderful customers. The people who have chosen our products to achieve a youthful, radiant glow keep us going and push us to create new and better formulas. We enjoy meeting our customers at trade shows and getting to know more about them over the phone and through social media.
Individually, our staff members have a lot to be thankful for, too. When asked, over and over again we heard, “We’re thankful for…
But we know that we aren’t just thankful for our customers in November, and our staff isn’t just thankful for their blessings when turkey’s on the table. And that got us to thinking…how can we keep this feeling of thankfulness alive all year long?
It is possible to keep that warm fuzzy thankful feeling (gratitude!) all year long. It just takes some practice to make having an attitude of gratitude a new habit. We have some ideas on how to start:
It doesn’t always feel like we control our feelings, but really, when we strip away all the excuses and blame, our attitude is created by one thing: our choice. Make the choice to adopt a positive perspective. How?
Every morning, set the tone of your day by focusing on one moment from the night before or that you are looking forward to today for which you are thankful. Just let that sink in until a quiet smile dances on your lips…now, you’re ready to face the world!
Every day there are thousands, maybe millions, of good things happening all around you. Be awake and aware of those possibilities rather than being on the lookout for the next let-down, obstacle, problem or emergency. Don’t expect the moon—blessings can come in little packages, like the smile of a small child, a mistakenly larger latte than the one you ordered but don’t have to pay for, the open parking space in the front row.
It seems we are so trained to focus on the negative, the things that need work, the stuff left to do that all the good stuff gets shoved to the sidelines or background. Bring it back to the forefront by putting it in writing.
A gratitude journal is a place dedicated to recording just the things for which you are grateful—nothing else. Every day, set aside a few minutes (seriously, like 5 minutes) to reflect on your day and write down 5 things that you are thankful for. If you have more time, expand on that list—how did those things come about? Did you expect them? How did you feel? How do you think your feelings affected those around you?
If something surprising, shocking, or extremely awesome happens to you, savor it! Write it down in your gratitude journal so you can revisit it later. But don’t keep awesomeness to yourself. Let your gratitude expand and flow into the lives of others.
If something good happens, tell someone! The people you love want good things to happen to you, so they will be excited to know what those good things are and when they happen.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is about more than just letting Thanksgiving live in your heart all year long. (sounds like we stole that from a greeting card, doesn’t it?) People who live their lives in gratitude are actually happier and healthier. Focusing on the good is linked to lower stress levels and increased resistance to illness…two more things to be thankful for! (it seems at attitude of gratitude creates a happy cycle!)