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Published on December 19, 2019

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A Season for Gratitude

As we come to the end of another year, it can be an exciting time! The holidays are filled with family and friends, good food, and so many things to be happy about.

However, for some folks, it doesn’t seem so great. Unfortunately, when we have everything that we need, we sometimes feel the need to always be wanting more. Everywhere we look, someone else may have a bigger house, a nicer vehicle, or more money, and it can be easy to lose sight of all the amazing things we have.

We can all be guilty of this in some form or another, but this holiday season, let’s try to ask ourselves why we should be grateful, and practice more gratitude in our lives.

Here are a few ways that reflecting, and practicing gratitude for what we have, can make you a happier, healthier person:

  • Gratitude shifts your focus. When we focus on all of the good in life, negativity becomes less of an issue.
  • Practicing gratitude improves your quality of life. Studies have shown that those who are more grateful for things in life, are far more satisfied.
  • Being grateful makes you feel happier. It is easier to go about your day, in a positive state of mind.
  • Gratitude reduces fear and anxiety. It is difficult to experience fear and gratefulness at the same time. When we’re grateful for what we have, even the problems we have don’t seem so monumental.
  • Gratitude strengthens and can enhance your faith. Gratitude can help solidify the feeling that you don’t have to be alone. Reflecting on what you’re grateful for can motivate you to get through whatever troubles you’re facing.
  • Gratitude can help take you to the next step. By not focusing on all of the things we don’t have, or aren’t in our lives, it becomes very difficult to work toward the next big “thing” in life.

Being grateful is not an easy thing to practice. This doesn’t happen instantaneously; it may not happen in a year. The most important thing this holiday season is to focus on all of the good that surrounds you. In turn, you may be able to see things in a brand new light, and then you’ll be locked in to tackle another year.

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