Are you trying to follow your New Year’s Resolutions to eat better, exercise and live a healthier life? Most of us made some sort of promise to ourselves to better our lives or the lives around us. If you are searching for a resolution that can help with your overall well-being and make you feel more connected to the world around you, we would like to suggest kicking the year off with gratitude. A recent article in Scientific American reported that, “the single best predictor of good relationships and emotional well-being is gratitude.” Here are some suggestions of how to show gratitude this year.
- A Gratitude Jar – Keep a jar in your kitchen with paper slips readily available to write down things you are grateful for either spontaneously or every night while you gather for dinner. Each member of the family can add to the jar throughout the year. At the end of the year or when you need a pick-me-up, read the items that you wrote that will remind you of the wonderful blessings around you.
- A Gratitude Journal – For a more personal and private way to take stock of the things you are blessed with, a journal might be more fitting. Write each night before you go to bed or even start your day with things that you are thankful for.
- Get in the Habit of Paying it Forward – Once you have begun to notice all the things in your life that you are grateful for, it may be time to start paying it forward. Even little things like smiling at a stranger, holding a door open for the person behind you or even paying for someone’s coffee is a great way to pass on your blessings.
- Try Gratitude Prayers – Research and buy/borrow the many books of prayer out there having to do with being grateful. Read quotes or lines from ot every night as a family. There are some great options out there but here are some of our favorites. A Little Book of Gratitude by Dr. Robert Emmons, and The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan.
How do you show your gratitude? We would love to hear from you. Check out our Facebook page and add your messages of gratitude. Find us at NSCS Facebook or through the Facebook icon on our website.