First, I want to start off by saying:
We are SO thankful for all of our patients and network of great people we get to interact with each year. YOU are why we do what we do!
Next, I want to address the idea of thankfulness. It’s a bit of a buzzword these days, but I find it can actually have the opposite effect sometimes.
Do you struggle with being thankful every day? Do you find it hard to be positive when it just doesn’t come naturally to you?
Well, help is here.
These things are easy to do, you just have to take the first step (which is usually the only step).
No phone, nobody else.
When you go out, look around. Notice things and people. Watch that dog play or that child run.
That is mindfulness. Just being aware of your surroundings in a non-distracted way. Congratulations.
Giving back is a well-known way to feel more grateful, but maybe you just can’t seem to find the time, or the energy, or a cause you’re passionate about.
So, start small.
Give a compliment to the check-out girl, the one you were thinking but might not normally say out loud. Don’t just make something up, be honest and genuine.
Give someone a break. People make mistakes, the next time someone in your life makes an avoidable mistake, give them a pass.
Don’t point out that your significant other’s purchase really was “too good to be true” (just like you said).
Don’t yell at the kid who ALWAYS knocks over your garbage can playing with his basketball.
Let it go. Be kind. Show some empathy. You won’t regret it.
It’s easy to identify the negative people in our lives: the ones that annoy us, we disagree with, or we just plain don’t like. It can be easy, though, to forget about the low-level positive contributors.
We all have people in our life who constantly do good work. They are pillars of stability in our lives, so much so that we may even forget how much we appreciate the consistency they create.
The friend who always lets you vent or gives good feedback. Your family member you know you can count on in a hard time. Your dog who is always happy to see you.
So, tell them!
You may take their good attitude or stability as a given, assuming they know how much their quality is appreciated. It does something special to hear it from somebody else, though.
We can all get caught up in our heads sometimes, and hearing a true compliment like that can really make a difference in how we treat ourselves.
Not just a giggle, a true, belly laugh that puts tears in your eyes and makes your stomach sore.
It’s not always easy to seek out, it might take a little time to find that true hearty laugh, but having a few giggles along the way won’t hurt either.
It is now scientifically proven that social media and our phones increase our negative self talk while increasing anxiety and depression.
Well, that’s an easy one!
Not only will putting your phone AWAY (not just next to you) decrease your stress levels, it will also make you more present and mindful.
The connections we make on our devices and over the internet just aren’t as meaningful as the connection you can make with the person sitting in front of you right now (even if that’s your own self).
I know, it seems scary.
But I promise that 15 minutes without your phone won’t be the end of the world.
Give it a shot.
That concludes our “so easy how can you not?” list of ways to increase your gratitude.
Even if you do just one, just once, we think it’s worth it 🙂