Make Every Day Thanks Giving

No, I’m not suggesting turkey and pumpkin pie for dinner every day – unless that’s what you really love.  What I’m suggesting is that you try a daily experiment in gratitude.

This isn’t a new or original idea.  The principle of gratitude can be found in many traditions, ancient and new, spiritual and secular.  Building it into your daily practice is encouraged in the yoga sutras, 12-step recovery programs, and will be familiar to those of us who read and worked along with Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance, just to name a few.

Here’s my suggestion.  

Each day for the next month, take a few minutes to list several things you feel grateful for that you experienced that day.  

Often it’s helpful to do this at the end of the day, but any time will work.  The items on your list can be the big, holy-cow kind of things like the birth of your daughter, the safe return of your wife from overseas, or landing that dream job.  They can be simple, everyday things like the red-gold leaf lingering on the aspen tree or the soft purr of your cat resting on your lap.  In fact, don’t overlook the small things, they may surprise you.  The only rule is that you feel them, really feel them, heart and soul.

Try this.  Every day.  One month.

Then just notice what happens.  If you’re inclined, I’d love to have you share some of your lists here.

I’m betting after you do this for a while, you’re going to want to tell the world!

 

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