Give Thanks

2020 has been a unique year for so many reasons, and Thanksgiving was no different.

I talked to many people this year who were choosing to stay home and celebrate small, due to concerns about Covid.

Others I know travelled, some short, and some far distances, to celebrate with family.

No matter how you chose to spend your Thanksgiving, I hope you were able to reflect on the things for which you are grateful.

Research has shown us that gratitude affects our brains, our relationships, and even our ability to manage anxiety and grief. I'd recommend the following read for any of you who are interested (link) on a website called Positive Psychology. In a time where it seems there are so many negative things going on, it seems wise to seek habits that cultivate better health and happiness.

Take a moment and think of, even write down, five things for which you are grateful. Write them with pure intent and emotion, and don't judge your responses. It could be that you are grateful for your morning cup of coffee, a good night's rest, the fact that you DON'T have a headache. Set the list aside. Then, make another tomorrow.

Build on your list each day, and think of less obvious reasons to be grateful than might first come to mind. Consider writing these in a notebook or journal. Start recording the date, and chose a regular time each day performing this "gratitude exercise." Give yourself a full 10 days before you reflect. Habits take a while to form, and this one has immense benefits, taking only minutes of your day.

Once you have written in your gratitude journal for at least 10 days, take a minute to look over your entries. Do you see any themes? Maybe you notice that there are many items related to your health. Is this an area you want to invest some time and energy into, maybe through better eating or exercise? Perhaps you are thankful for your friends and family. Why not let them know, by writing and mailing a personalized note?

For those of you who read my blog for purposes of organizing, you may be wondering why I would spend time imploring people to start a gratitude journal. I believe that the more you know about yourself, and the things in life you find important, the better equipped you are to become organized in a way that works for you. Organizing isn't a magic formula, and it certainly isn't a one-size-fits-all. It starts with the individual.

Not only does keeping a gratitude journal help you be more positive, it also can bring deep meaning into our lives, and helps us to focus on things that are important. I challenge you to try this exercise in the weeks leading to Christmas. Let me know what you learn about yourself, and if it has made an impact on your life.

Need a guide on your journey to becoming organized? Please give me a call. I will be grateful to help.