If you’re like me, you were thinking about thankfulness this week in one way or another.
Thanksgiving is also a feeling–of coming home, warmth, friends, and family. It’s truly our time to reflect and appreciate all that being part of something bigger entails.
Over one hundred years ago, the national holiday of Thanksgiving was created to unite a divided country following the Civil War.
Taking the time to truly appreciate our blessings only increases them. Let’s take time to create a rampage of appreciation for our abundance. Through using this process, you’ll feel more peaceful and centered throughout your day and your holiday.
Step 1. Begin with where you are. Observe your environment wherever you may be.
Step 2. Choose some specific aspect you like or enjoy.
Step 3. Focus all your attention precisely on what you enjoy about that object, person, or thing.
For example, in your office, you can appreciate anything in your environment and your home. As you arrive in the morning, notice things you enjoy about each co-worker. You might think to yourself, “I really enjoy the way she smiles at me in the morning” or “I love how Ray always makes coffee”.
Try this at home as well. You might really enjoy your couch, thinking, “I really enjoy sitting on this couch. It’s so comfortable.” Now move to a different object. Focus on the object you like, not on anything you want to improve in your environment. By appreciating your environment just as it is, you’ll begin to have different emotions associated with it.
Use Instagram to take appreciation to the next level—it can be a personal, visual gratitude journal. Using it in this way allows you to focus elevating your mood every single day.
I’ve taken pictures of beautiful objects and moments in the office—a pencil placed across the paper mid-sentence, a co-worker helping another, engaged conversations, and an empty office at the end of the day. In this way, I keep appreciation at the forefront of my mind and day.
We can inspire each other with our visual gratitude. I hope you will write in your gratitude journal without hiding it away for your eyes only. But even more: post your appreciation! Search with hashtag #visiblegratitude to see my daily postings on Instagram AND post yours with the same hashtag. Let’s all create joy!