Thanksgiving 2020 is shaping up to be very different than holidays past. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and a contentious election, leaving many of us with a level of stress that well exceeds what we normally experience this time of year.
With all the additional overwhelm and anxiety, it may be difficult to focus on being thankful. But gratitude may be the exact thing that helps us overcome so much of the negativity we’re all facing.
Gratitude is about focusing on the good things in your life. Simply put, that positivity flushes out the negativity from the forefront of your thoughts. It’s impossible to dwell in fear and anxiety when you’re focusing on the things that bring you happiness and joy. You can’t do both at the same time. You get what you focus on.
Additionally, numerous studies have been conducted on how gratitude changes your brain. Expressing gratitude increases the dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Basically, these chemicals have a residual effect and make us feel happier and more positive for longer periods of time.
It takes practice and time to develop a habit of gratitude that will change your life. We recommend putting aside 30 focused minutes each day. Start by simply writing down the things in life you’re thankful for. Once written down, take a moment to appreciate that person or thing. Focus on how you feel in that moment.
We also recommend you take it a step further and express that gratitude to the people in your life when possible. Even if it is not possible to do it in-person, a text or email letting people know you’re thankful for them and the things they do will have a positive impact on both you and them.
One useful tool we recommend to the Succeed On Purpose community is the 365 Gratitude Journal app. Using daily prompts and games, it makes gratitude something you can easily work into your daily routine.
Starting your day from a place of positivity opens you up to numerous possibilities you would otherwise be closed off to. If you’ve felt off or not quite yourself, investing in gratitude may be the thing that starts you on the journey to experiencing the best version of yourself.
Use this Thanksgiving holiday as motivation to commit to a gratitude practice and improve your happiness. Allow that to open the door to one of numerous paths to personal success.
Once you’re ready, Succeed On Purpose will be here to guide and support you on that journey through our various coaching programs. It’s time to find joy, create success and be the best you.
Stephanie Renna has been working with Succeed On Purpose since 2012, and now serves as the brand leader. Her purpose is to bring joy.