November marks the beginning of a season that is all about gratitude, right? It’s an important theme to keep on the front burner – especially during a season that feels full of expectations, stressors and forced happiness (i.e. family, jingle bells, you know where I’m going with this).
I deeply believe that we have the innate ability to be happy, with very little, when we focus on the good things in our lives. Energy follows like energy. However, believing it doesn’t always mean we practice it.
This month, I’m hereby jumping on the bandwagon and taking time each day to notice the things in my life I am grateful for. Recently, I’ve seen friends posting on facebook and I’ve seen the apps to track happy daily moments. And, of course I know about good ole fashioned gratitude journals. I’ve tried them all in an effort to be happier by noticing the things I should feel happy about. This time, I’m making a gentle commitment to myself to get quiet for five minutes a day to reflect on the good things that happened that day and the goodness I have in my life. It’s my attempt at a two-for-one meditation/gratitude practice.
However you choose to do it, won’t you join me this month in cultivating more happiness and more gratitude in your life? Forget about the turkey, the shopping, and snow for a few moments and just notice what happens for you.
Deborah Tyson is Boston-based Career Transition Coach. Learn more at www.mobilizecoaching.com.