We have reached that time of year when the phrase “tis the season” covers all manner of circumstances. Included in tis the season is an emphasis on the virtues of gratitude and appreciation. However, it is unfortunate that for many the gratitude light doesn’t go on until “the season” rather than keeping it on all year round. As a matter of fact some people complain about gratitude fatigue. It’s a real thing. Let’s look, instead, about the positives which is borne out by scientists and psychologists.
What helps you sleep better, exercise more? Buy less and connect more ... all while decreasing stress during the most wonderful stressful time of the year.
It's Gratitude! Yes, It's time to get all the incredible benefits of gratitude. Gratitude is like Netflix for our well-being — giving you JOY, enthusiasm, love, happiness and optimism on-demand (don't change that channel!
Gratitude helps you counteract the season of stuff that’s careening right around the corner to remind you what the holidays are truly all about.
You've probably seen a Bazillion Gratitude exercises and challenges. All wonderful. All can work. Yet, not one size fits all. If you wonder which ones to endeavor, many positive psychology sites offer several options. Choose those that fit your fancy. I suggest you put fun and love into whatever you choose to do. Here are some ideas both inside and outside of the box.
A more traditional one which is still of great benefit to the giver and receiver is a thank you email or text. In 2 minutes or less, let someone you care for know what about them you are grateful for. Be specific. Include some creative emojis, if you like.
Be an appliance appreciator. Select something or somethings around your abode you are grateful for. Recalling times of having to dry clothes on a clothesline in weather that jeans were so stiff they could walk themselves into the house, I so appreciate my washer and dryer. As we dealt with lock downs, I’ve been most grateful for my coffee grinder . Gotta have my daily elixir, you know.
Gratitude Gaming. This is something you can do with family and/or friends. All you need is a ping pong ball, a tennis ball, a nerf ball or something similar and a timer. Set the timer for however long you want a round to last. Then one person tosses the ball to another. The tossee then says something they are grateful for. Then the ball is again tossed to another, continuing and sharing gratitudes until the timer goes off. Every gratitude must be original. No repeating someone else’s or saying “the same for me.” This is a game that can inspire tweaks and modifications to your liking.
Have some fun on social media. Make a gratitude Tik Tok.
Finally, just say, “Thank you …” thank you to the mail deliverer, the person at the check out, the store clerk, restaurant wait staff, any service provider, family members, health care providers, etc. You will all feel happier.
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