Quick Tips for Boosting Your Gratitude
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US in November, in Canada it is celebrated in October, and our Japanese friends celebrate a holiday in November similar to Thanksgiving, known as Kinrō Kansha no Hi, or Labor Thanksgiving Day which, traces its origins back more than 2,000 years to a ritual offering thanks for the season’s first rice harvest.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks and feel gratitude for all of the good things in your life. Like your family and friends, your pets, your wonderful clients, your path, the Reiki journey, the ability to affect lives in a positive way with your practice, to name a few. Wherever you live in the world, the November and December holiday season is the perfect time to remember what is truly important and valuable in your life and to practice gratitude.
The holiday season can be a time of joy and happiness but also of rushing around, crowded travel in winter weather, and sometimes added stress. How can we de-stress during this time?
As Reiki practitioners, we’re filled with loving energy on a regular basis. But that doesn’t mean even the best of us may not get a shade cranky now and then. Boosting your gratitude can help you escape the cranky, and the following quick tips can help.
Write a Gratitude List
This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to boost your gratitude levels. Simply grab a piece of paper and pen, and then make a list of things that make you warm and cuddly inside. This practice has a huge range of variations, making it the perfect fix for so many situations.
- For gratitude maintenance: Write down one thing for which you’re grateful every morning and every evening as part of your morning and evening rituals.
- For gratitude jump-starts: Write a list of 10 things when you’re feeling kind of blah.
- For gratitude overhauls: Write a list of 100 things if you need a substantial boost.
Do a Gratitude Spot Check
No matter where you are or what you’re doing at any given time of the day, take a moment to appreciate at least one thing around you. Similar to but less formal than a gratitude list, you can do the spot check right in your head. It’s an easy way to enhance a glorious moment — or get yourself out of a grumpy one.
If you’re stuck in traffic, for instance, instead of scowling about the red lights and the packed left-turn lane, take notice of something good. Like the exceptionally beautiful teal color of the minivan next to you, or the happy dog hanging his head out the window two cars up.
Express Appreciation for Others
Whether you send out a thank you note, call a friend, or bake someone a cake, showing your appreciation for others is a delightful way to put gratitude into action. It makes you happy. It makes the other person happy. It also enhances and strengthens your relationship.
Be Kind to Every Living Thing
This tip is a double good whammy. Not only is it a way to boost gratitude, but it’s one of the Reiki principles. Being kind can quickly generate feelings of gratitude, especially if you ask for nothing in return. Open the door for someone entering the store. Give your pup or kitty cat an extra-big pet. Caress and talk to your houseplants. And don’t forget to extend the kindness to yourself.
Weave these practices into your daily life and you’ll find gratitude becomes a constant and welcome companion. The more frequently gratitude fills your heart, the tougher it is for cranky to compete, and the happier your overall life can be.