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Is everyday Thanksgiving at your house?
Do songs of joy and praise roll off your lips first thing in the morning? Any morning? Every morning? Or might a touch of overwhelm meet you when you wake up?
During November and December in America, we emphasize gratefulness, family connections, and good cheer to all. Ideally, those values we hold near and dear to us on a daily basis, not just holiday times.
It’s easy to have way too much to do during this season. So may I ask you to choose at least two things from this list to practice every day for the next two months? Your heart and your loved ones will appreciate your efforts!
We all have so much to be grateful, every day with every breathe we take. Make this day and all days full of joy regardless of what’ going on around you. The choice is yours. Why not choose the good ones?
With love and joy to you,
- Take time to reflect each day…at the beginning of the day, spend even 60 seconds on “Creating your day” in which you imagine what you have ahead of you for the day and imagine that at the end of the everything turned out in the best possible way.
- Spend a minute or two at the end of day reflecting on the good things of the day and the other parts of the day that you’d not care to repeat. Then figure out how to do more of the things that filled you up and less of the things that didn’t feel so terrific.
- Take time to breathe deeply. We all have a tendency to breathe more shallowly when we are rushed or up tight against a deadline. Simple solution: Set a timer to go off every hour. When it goes off, take five slow, deep breaths.
- Want to get the day off to a really good start? Laugh for five minutes when you first wake up. The endorphins (good feeling chemicals) will run through your body and mind for several hours.
- Take time to do a good deed for someone you know or better yet, for someone you don’t even know. That action will release good chemicals in your brain too! This is especially useful to do on a day when you aren’t feeling so wonderful. It will take the emphasis off your own troubles and allow you to focus good energy unto someone else. You’ll both win.
- Take time to check in with family members, near and far. And be really, really present with them as you LISTEN to what is going on with them.
- If there are children underfoot at your household, you might create a calendar with a good deed for your child to do each day. Or you might list something they might be grateful for. Or let your kids come up with their own ideas. (This would be similar to those calendars that mark off days in December preceding Christmas.)
- Do NOTHING at all for 5 minutes. That’s right. Turn off your brain, walk away from your computer, your cell phone, other people. Go into a closet, the bathroom, outside..anywhere you can be alone for five minutes. And do absolutely nothing.
- Here’s the last one and a good litmus test: When someone “does you wrong,” find something you like about the person or about yourself and let that good feeling take up more space in your thoughts than their recent action.