This Thursday, almost the entire US shuts down to celebrate Thanksgiving. And while we don’t celebrate it in the UK, there’s plenty to be learned from it. Yes, even if you read this well AFTER Thanksgiving…
Learn from what? Not necessarily from the long-distance road trips or the gluttony of the actual Thanksgiving feast, but from the focus on spending time with loved ones and friends, and on giving thanks for all the good things in ones lives.
Keeping A Gratitude Journal
There are the big things and the little things that deserve our gratitude. And there’s one tradition I find especially helpful: The gratitude journal, which is something that is valuable all year long, and not necessarily tied to Thanksgiving.
Life is getting more and more stressful these days for many of us, and yet stress is definitely not good for us. It affects our performance and it can make us sick… and worse.
Yet the gratitude journal is one of the easiest and quickest ways to alleviate that stress. Did you know that it’s impossible to feel stressed and grateful at the same time? If you focus on gratitude, the stress quickly melts away. Yes, gratitude is one of the most powerful stress busters available.
So How Do You Get The Benefits Of Gratitude?
Just get a pretty journal (one that makes you smile just from looking at it) and keep it handy. Then resolve to write in it daily, maybe first thing in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night. And do it! You can also write in it anytime you feel stressed or anxious.
Just write down a few things you’re grateful for and focus on the feeling of thankfulness: The people in your life, your home, the comforting warmth of your morning coffee, or the yummy taste of your favorite breakfast. Even the pen that writes really well.
Some of these might be “little” things, but they all count. Think of a few more… right now.
And considering that Christmas is coming up fast, it’s time to start writing Christmas cards and sending presents to everyone who is important in your personal life – and in your professional life. And why not add a special “Thank you” as you write your notes. It really does make a difference.
Of course we’re always happy to help. Just call us at 0800 007 55 66 and we can help you figure out what will work best for your situation and fix you up with a great deal for your Christmas cards and gifts.
And since we’re speaking of journals… yes, those make excellent gifts as well. Or how about diaries and calendars? All those can be personalised and turned into the perfect gift that will remind the recipient of you every day of the coming year. Unless you prefer to remain incognito… You can get plain versions too. Check out some examples of the personalised ones we have:
I hope you’ll give the gratitude journal a try. It’s amazing what such a little thing can do to improve your life.