Thanksgiving season always brings up the topic of gratitude, which happens to be one of my favorite practices. Gratitude, the habit of appreciation, is accepted globally as a positive, even spiritual, activity. There are studies that show how living with an attitude of gratitude helps us stay mentally and physically healthy, and is even infectious to others - in a good way!
It only takes a few minutes a day to focus on what is important and give thanks for it. This activity can help you:
- Live a longer, healthier life
- Stay fully present, instead of dwelling on past mistakes or worry about the future
- Create a deeper sense of who you are, by focusing on what is important to you
Here are our steps to help you find moments of gratitude in your life:
1. Start with being thankful for the easy things
Find something to write on, whether it be a notepad, journal or computer. Every day, make a list of between 5-10 things that you are grateful for. As a bonus challenge, try not to list the same thing twice. To set yourself up for success, develop a routine, and opt for journaling with this practice either first thing in the morning or before bed.
You can find the easiest things by looking around at the people, environment, and important things in your life, like family. Try not to say “I am grateful for family”, but be more specific. The more specific you are, the deeper you can look at why they are important to you.
Examples of this might include:
- I am grateful for the unconditional love of my mother
- I am blessed to have a roof over my head
- I am grateful I had food to eat today
- I am thankful for a body that knows how to breathe air without me telling it to!
2. Look in the mirror
At Ayr Skin Care, we believe that everyone has their own innate beauty. We all are completely different. Each person comes from different backgrounds, belief systems and experiences, but we all contain that spark that we call life. Each of you has a special light that makes you completely unique, and a gift to the world.
How often do you read something like that, and cringe inside? Do you believe that you are good, or beautiful, or other positive qualities? Or do you still hear a negative voice, that may have been with you since childhood, saying that you are not enough?
For many people, self love is a lifetime challenge.
It’s healthy to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for life. The calm mindset of gratitude has been proven to extend the length and quality of life. Try thinking something negative, and then notice how your muscles react. Notice what happens in your face, your jaw, and your brow. Negative self-talk can manifest in your body as tension. Now, replace those negative thoughts or words with something positive.
They don’t have to be from an ego standpoint, just observe yourself. Maybe today you:
- Were patient with a child at bedtime
- Took a dog on a walk and saw how happy it made your furry friend
- Put a smile on the cashier’s face at the market by just being friendly
- Reached out to a friend and let them know you were there for them
- Offered an act of kindness and help for an elderly neighbor or stranger
Believe it or not, these activities make you beautiful. You can look in the mirror with a smile, because you made a difference in the world by just being you. Be grateful for who you are.
3. Share your gratitude with others
Today, reflect on some of the people in your life that have helped improve your life, or whom you love. There’s no sense in keeping it inside! Take a moment to tell them how you feel. Write it in an email or say it on the phone, share it in a text, or drop an old fashioned card in the mail.
Gratitude is contagious. When we focus on things that we love, or people that are important to us, and share those feelings accordingly, it can help the receiver bloom with love and a positive attitude as well.
Did you know that the power of love and gratitude can even improve people’s health when they are sick? Here is an example from my own experience:
We have a dear friend who was diagnosed with cancer. She had two children, and she stayed alive every day, one day at a time, because she focused entirely on the love for those children, and that kept her going. Obviously every situation is different, but there is power in love and sharing it.
A big thank you to you
As we enter Thanksgiving week, I want to take time to thank each and every one of you for taking time to read my blogs. I put a lot of myself into them, and they just fly into emails and onto social media, and I have no idea who likes them, if they help in any way, or if they just drift on the wind.
I deeply appreciate you taking time to read them, and comment, or leave messages on our Facebook page. Sometimes what you have to say is just what someone else needs to hear, so never underestimate the power of your comments. Remember to show yourself some thanks this holiday season when you consider adding a tranquil skin care experience for yourself to your daily gratitude routine. We value you as part of our community!
I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, and look for our Black Friday specials on the website!
Bye for now!
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