I believe in gratitude.
Gratitude vaccinates us against discontent, entitlement, the endless desire to keep up with the Joneses.
I’m probably actually a tiny bit fanatical on this subject. When my kids get an attack of the gimmes, I make them talk about what they already have. I ask them about the things for which they are thankful at dinner.
I use gratitude to stop myself in my tracks when I’m feeling discouraged, or when we get bad news. “I didn’t get x opportunity, but I’m so grateful that I got to try. I have learned to do this better.”
It has become the conversations we have when things get tough, it has become the way we make a tight budget feel spacious, and it has been the one habit that saves me from a downward spiral during the crazy ups and downs of expat life and culture shock.
However, I have never actually kept a gratitude journal. I want to write these things down to make my habit of gratitude more concrete and enable me to look back on these days and remember all the grace I’ve been given. So, since public accountability is a great way to start a habit, I thought I would recruit all of you to help. Sign up here.
Why start a gratitude practice?
According to the Greater Good Center at Berkeley, people who practice gratitude consistently experience many benefits:
Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
More joy, optimism, and happiness;
More generosity and compassion;
Feeling less lonely and isolated.
Need another reason to join this challenge?
There will be a prize at the end. I’m giving you the book of your choice from my list of favorite life changing books. Amazon will ship it directly to your grateful hands. All you have to do is participate.
Sign up today, and let’s all feel a little more thankful this thanksgiving.