As I researched the power of being thankful, I found the importance of gratefulness and how necessary it is for happiness. We have all seen people that complain and we may think, “I wish that was all I had to complain about.” But because we find it hard to step out of our ‘selfness’ and view our world from within, many times we fail to see that we are sweating bucket loads of the small stuff.
That gets me to Thanksgiving and why I feel there is a deeper meaning than the pilgrims and the Indians having a feast together. I am not alone in that feeling as I asked my faithful team what they were thankful for and none of them said, ‘money.’ They fell within the norm of what the statistics say about what really makes people happy.
- Family & relationships
- Meaningful work
- Positive thinking
Four – Seven
- Giving to others
- Personal Freedom
- Good Health
- Watching TV
What I found that you could do to keep this feeling of well-being last all year long was to keep a ‘Gratitude Journal.’
Here’s how you do it:
Write 5 things that you are grateful for each day. That’s it! It’s that easy. Simply take 5 minutes a day to reflect. You can purchase a journal, download an app (Gratitude) or, for those who want to, make your own journal.
We at Trent Design are grateful for:
As I try to embrace my gratitude for life throughout the year, I am certainly thankful for the season that brings gratefulness to light, allowing strangers, family, and friends to pause and openly display appreciation, kindness and love.
At Thanksgiving I take the time to remember how thankful I am for all of the opportunities that I’ve had my life.
I am also extremely thankful for my family & my relationship with them. I have the most kind, wonderful, and giving, parents that anyone could ask for; 2 amazing & inspiring siblings; in-laws who I enjoy spending time with; an awesome husband who loves me & our son endlessly and works incredibly hard to provide for us both; and finally, I am beyond thankful for my amazing & incredible 2 year old son.
Writing this has made me realize that it’s hard to fit the things I’m thankful for into only 2 statements. I’m also thankful for so many things that I know I take for granted every day such as clean water, clean clothes, plenty of food to eat, good health, and a warm home.
When I really think about it, I truly am blessed. At this time of year, people are normally so caught up in the chaos of the holiday’s but seldom reflect on the things that are most important. The fact that I have a family and friends to fall back on when times get tough and the world comes crashing down, a job that I love which also happens to pays my bills, a warm place to call home, and good health.
I’m thankful for friends and family at home and interesting opportunities to apply my skills in exciting new ways at work.
I just can’t say enough of how happy I am about my family, friends and employees. My family is so patient and understanding with the time I have to put into my job that I love, that I will forever be grateful. I am thankful for my husband who is so supportive and helpful and my 2 children who are wonderful too. My friends who make me smile and relax; my employees who come to work everyday and do their best with a great attitude. My community and clients and my clients who have become my friends… for that I am eternally grateful. I could go on and on. This makes me want to start my own journal today and I hope this post inspires others to do so as well.