I decided to take a break from the College Diaries Series and do a little advice post. As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching us, my heart is starting to get that overwhelming feeling of warmth. The warmth does not come solely because it’s almost the holidays, but rather the fact that I am in a state of gratitude. The true meaning behind Thanksgiving is sometimes lost in all of the feasting. I mean for goodness sakes, who can resist the “Greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes..?.” Yes, I just referenced the “You Name It Challenge. Gratitude can bring so much appreciation for your life. It puts things into perspective. That is why, I’m going to give you all 4 Ways to Be More Grateful.
- Keep a Journal:
Journaling is not just an outlet for self-expression. It can be a way of expressing things you appreciate. When you take the time to write down everything you are grateful for daily, you get a visual representation of all the things in your life that truly matter. Continually, when you write a journal entry of a positive experience, you can always go back to it as a record of happier times. This is especially useful when you are feeling under the weather. Storing positive memories that can be read, will make you grateful for the wonderful life you do have.
2. Stop and Smell the Roses:
We live in a society that is fast paced and hard-knock. However, it is crucial for your mental clarity to stop every now and then, to enjoy the simple things. Live in the present. Social media and SnapChat can sometimes take away from enjoying the moment. So the next time you are at an exciting event, put your phone away. Your mind and memory is a powerful tool. Don’t worry, that moment will be documented in your heart. Living in the moment, is your golden ticket to being a more grateful individual.
3. Find Spiritual Clarity:
Spirituality might be a difficult topic for some people. However, you don’t have to be religious to be spiritual. Studies have shown correlations between individuals who consider themselves spiritual and the level of gratitude and appreciation of life. Perhaps you might want to take time out of your day to meditate. Likewise, you can take time out of your day to engage in something related to your faith. Giving thanks to the universe, or something higher than yourself, leads to a greater level of gratitude.
4. Help Those Who Can’t Help Themselves:
When you put yourself in situations where you help the less fortunate, your perspective on life completely changes. You become appreciative of all the seemingly “little” things that you have. Volunteer at that homeless shelter. Donate cans for that food drive. Sometimes all it takes to be a more grateful person, is to step off your high horse and help those that can’t help themselves.
What are some of the ways you become more grateful. Let me know in the comments.