Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Although it officially comes just once a year, I think we should bring the spirit of Thanksgiving into our everyday experience. After all, what we’re really talking about is gratitude and giving thanks. Much has been written about the benefits of gratitude. Research suggests that gratitude can increase your happiness and sense of well-being, improve your psychological and physical health, and enhance the quality of your sleep. When you express appreciation, it can also help you build relationships and enhance your workplace environment. Make giving thanks an everyday practice.
You can start each day with a ritual of gratitude. At the same time every morning, think of three things you’re grateful for. You might do this the moment you wake up, or when you’re on your way to work, or right before you check your emails. Similarly, when you’re in a bad mood or feeling stressed, take a moment to think of three things you’re grateful for. You can use an app or a journal, or simply make a mental note. In addition, make it a practice to thank others. Think about ways to express your gratitude to them – perhaps you can send them a note or a meaningful gift, do something thoughtful for them, or just spend some quality time together.