I try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year long, but this time of year always encourages me to think more about what it means to be thankful — and to contemplate what I'm thankful for. Maybe it's because it's Thanksgiving or it's because it's the time of year that I do my annual Gratitude Photo Challenge, but for whatever reason, for me this time of year is all about being appreciative for what I have.
I've been using — and reaping the benefits of — gratitude a lot in my life lately. It's been a crazy couple of months for me — going through a breakup, moving to a new place, starting awesome new projects — and sometimes it's hard not to get caught up in the frantic pace of transformation and daily life. Lately, when I find myself feel anxious or stressed, I do what I can to redirect my attention to gratitude, to all the things I'm so fortunate to have in my life. And, wow, is it helpful. No matter how I'm feeling or what I'm experiencing, when I start thinking about all that I'm thankful for, it's hard to stay stressed or upset.
Gratitude is an absolutely essential aspect of living a positive and present life so I thought I'd celebrate it a bit this week week by rounding up some articles, printables, and activities that will hopefully inspire you (and me!) to embrace an attitude of gratitude.
31 Benefits of Gratitude : it's amazing how much you can benefit!
Boost Your Health with Gratitude : better health is just one of the many benefits
Expanding the Science of Gratitude : get some academic insight here
Make Good Use of Your Gratitude : the many uses of gratefulness
10 Reasons Gratitude is Healthy : more reasons to give thanks
How to Practice Gratitude : perfect if you struggle with thankfulness
4 Ways to Say Thank You : inspiration to be extra appreciative
Get Grateful : read inspiring quotes + insights on Pinterest
Which Comes First: Happiness or Gratitude? : I bet you already know...
60 Things to Be Grateful For : use this list to feel extra appreciative
How to Say 'I Love You' with Gratitude : thankfulness = love
Change Just One Word : transform how you look at your life
7 Habits of Grateful People : start making these habits yours
Mastering the Art of Gratitude : 'cause Oprah knows what's up
How Gratitude Can Make You Successful : give thanks, get more
5 Tips for Starting a Gratitude Journal : they really do work wonders
The Benefits of Having a Grateful Day : make today a thankful one
Gratitude Garland : write what you appreciate + hang for inspiration
Printable Thank You Notes : print these + give them to those you love
Give Thanks Quote Cards : perfect for scrapbooks + vision boards
Gratitude Leaves Printable : write what you're thankful for on these leaves
Gratitude Jar Printable : start a gratitude jar with these printables
Pretty Printable Thankfulness Notes : jot down your gratitude on these
Thanksgiving Day Printables : the "Give Thanks" banner is lovely
Gratitude Journal : print this mini journal for inspiration
Thankful Book : a great idea for capturing + saving gratitude
Gratitude Lists : print these little lists + fill them with thanks
Simple Journal Sheets : print out these simple, pretty lists
Thankful Tags : print, fill out, + post up as reminders
2014 Gratitude Photo Challenge : start now for instant inspiration
Gratitude Mandela : make one of these to increase thankfulness
21 Days of Gratitude Prompts : inspire yourself with these prompts
Count Your Blessings Family Tree : be thankful for family with this
101 Ways to Say Thank You : ideas for expressing gratitude
Gratitude Rolls : eat these delicious rolls and be thankful
20 Attitudes of Gratitude for Your Home : little ways to be thankful at home
Thankful Pumpkin : decorate a pumpkin with all you're thankful for
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt : a great idea for kids (+ fun grown ups!)
Chalkboard Calendar : make this now + use it year after year
Miniature Gratitude Journals : matchbook-style thankfulness
Gratitude Journal Prompts : perfect inspiration for appreciation
The Thankful Tree : inspiring and a great autumnal decoration
I hope these links filled with information, insights, and inspiration will motivate you to explore the ways you can keep gratitude at the forefront of your mind. It's not always easy to do — especially when times are tough — but being thankful is one of the best ways I've found to stay positive and present. If you know of any other great gratitude links, please let me know about them in the comments section!
You can cultivate even more gratitude in your life by learning to be thankful for yourself and all that makes you who you are. You can discover (and appreciate!) more about yourself and what matters to you by downloading a copy of Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery. Filled with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your very own soul-searching copy here.