The Attitude of Gratitude
To be grateful means to feel pleased with something, in fact the root of the word is “gratus” which means “pleasing.” But our instinct is to wait until we are pleased and then express gratitude, but what if we did this the other way around? Complacency is the barrier to gratitude, and so we must be more intentional with it. For example, if you are reading this article the odds are that you have access to the internet via some type of technological device. When did this device and the entire world wide web become a necessity and no longer a privilege for you?
To get you started with your new intention of gratitude, I have put together a month long challenge for you, specific to November but feel free to adjust it for any month. After this challenge, the goal would be for you to no longer be so complacent or quick to point out the negatives in life without also recognizing the positives.
Even Jimmy Fallon takes the time out once a week to practice gratitude with his Thank You Notes.
How to use this challenge:
- Identify what to be grateful for with the prompt given on each day.
- Identify how it has made positive impact in your life.
- Identify why you like those positive impacts.
- Write these down, do an activity, or tell someone about it to express your gratitude. (Some of these prompts even have suggested activities).
To continue your gratitude, here is my recommendation for a fun journal that not only keeps you appreciating life but becomes a piece of art the more you use it.
Joy Walsh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center. The Lighthouse, located in Schaumburg, IL, was the first emotional wellness center to be established in the Midwest over 15 years ago, serving as a guiding light towards healthy relationships. Our counseling services are provided for couples, families and individuals, to assist them in creating happy, healthy and empowered lives. For more information, check us out at www.LighthouseEmotionalWellness.com, or call us at 847-253-9769.