With Thanksgiving approaching and the planks n’ thanks challenge in FULL SWING, I wanted to stop by today and talk about GRATITUDE.

Do you have an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE?!

The holiday season is the perfect time to be reminded of our blessings and also give thanks for all that we have in our lives. But did you know that gratitude can also transform the way you look at your life — and improve the way you feel?

Seriously. It’s true! Let me explain.

We are ALL busy. And sometimes within that chaos it can be hard to find a moment to slow down and reflect. If you take that time, though, to find the positive in your day, be thankful, and express gratitude — you are practicing optimism. The positive thinking that optimism brings is a GAME CHANGER for your stress.

And we all have stress, right?!

Like every other component of self care, positive thinking takes PRACTICE. Check out my TOP 5 WAYS to practice gratitude this holiday season:

  • Wake up every day and express to yourself what you are grateful for FIRST THING.

  • Tell whoever you are with at the end of the day the 3 things you are most grateful for. Ask them to share their list in return.

  • Start a gratitude journal – Express gratitude in this journal every night by noting the things that you are grateful for, proud of, and excited about. Take time to look back on what you’ve written in the past so you can acknowledge how far you’ve come.

  • Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished in the last day/week/month/year. Instead of comparing yourself to others, give yourself credit for the big and small things you have been doing. BE YOUR BIGGEST CHEERLEADER!!!

  • Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring/helping/supporting you – oftentimes people wait their whole lives to be acknowledged. You could TOTALLY make someone’s day today by letting them know how much you appreciate them.

The holidays can be very busy and stressful. Trust me…I GET THAT! But if you can take a few moments to focus on gratitude I PROMISE that you will begin to change your thinking and your life!!!

How will you start to practice an attitude of gratitude?

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