LIFESTYLE: Gratitude

Gratitude involves recognizing, acknowledging and being grateful for the good things in our lives. 

We can be thankful for:

  • The big things in our lives such as our health, family, safety and well-being, friends, community, the success and gifts of others and
  • The small things in our lives such as a good meal, a sunny day, warm water and a genuine smile.

Questions to Consider

We can ask ourselves: 

  • What are five things in my life that are very important to me and that I am grateful for? 
  • What are five small things in my life – things I usually overlook – that I am grateful for? 

Practices

We could also:

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which we describe who and what inspired us today or brought us happiness today.
  • Make a list of people we want to thank directly, and then gradually move through the list. 

The list could include parents or other relatives, old friends and new ones, teachers and coaches of all kinds, lovers and mates, children or pets, people who are no longer living, the whole natural world and spiritual beings or forces (if that is meaningful to you)

  • Write a thank you letter to someone who has had a profound impact on our lives and deliver the letter, if possible, in person.
  • Take a gratitude walk in the neighbourhood in which we consider our gratitude for our relationships, material comforts, our physical surroundings, the air we breathe and everything we see, hear, feel, smell and even taste.
  • Be happy for others and their gifts.

Gratitude helps us to let go of the negatives in our lives and embrace the positives with all our hearts, minds and bodies. 

Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health.

Prepared by Wally Lazaruk, September 28, 2019