Why does practicing gratitude matter?
Well happiest thanksgiving (here in Canada!) to you all! Just like Valentine's day or New Years these holidays give space for us to spend quality time with those we love or set goals for the year. Today, on Thanksgiving, we have space to"practice" being thankful. Just like the other holidays, I am incredibly appreciative for the time we are gifted to just press pause for the day and spend the time and energy taking in the holiday and the meaning behind it.... but why can't the meaning of these holidays be practiced on the daily vs. once a year? Why can't we practice gratitude and being thankful for what we have in our lives everyday? Why can't we focus on our goals and intentions that we set on New Years everyday? Why can't we treat our loved ones with the attention they deserve everyday?
Well, let's start with practicing gratitude and why it actually matters.
Every night before bed, I lay there reflecting back on at least 2 things that I am grateful for in my day. Maybe it's being grateful for someone in my life, something that happened, acknowledging something that I did that took courage, a delicious meal, a hard lesson or simply just a beautiful day. No matter how hectic the day was, when I practice this reflection of gratitude I sleep incredibly soundly and feel at peace. There's a lot more benefits where this practice of daily gratitude comes into play. From improved psychological health, physical health, self-esteem, better sleep, foster resilience and more.
Check out a fully detailed list of what benefits practicing gratitude can give you as seen on Forbes.com .
So, indulge in this holiday with the ones you love, the things your grateful for and then spend 2 minutes setting up a "gratitude alarm" where you can write down 1-2 things you're grateful for each day, or simply reflect in your mind.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!