How To Be Thankful

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We all have good days and we all have some days that are not good. On a bad day it’s easy to feel sad and hard to feel thankful for all the good stuff. The truth is that each of us has a lot to be thankful for, and focusing on that is one way to become a happier person. With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m thinking now is a good time to start thinking about what we’re thankful for, and here are some things that can help you in the spirit:

  • Journal. Keep a journal and write down five things every day that you are thankful for. It gets easier as you do it!
  • Acknowledge the negative. Life includes some negative, too, and being thankful doesn’t mean you should ignore that. Rather, recognize it and acknowledge that it’s there, but don’t focus on it.
  • Spend time with loved ones. Being with the people you love definitely gives you something to be thankful for.
  • Recognize small things. We take a lot for granted, but you’ll feel thankful when you notice the small things.
  • Volunteer. Doing good for others will make you thankful for what you have.
  • Exercise. This one somehow finds its way into every list! But exercise will get those feel-good hormones flowing.
  • Practice mindfulness. Focus on the present; don’t feel bad about the past or worry about the future. Be present and enjoy it.
  • Control your thoughts. It takes practice, but with a little work you can learn not to dwell on upsetting things.
  • No comparing. Do not compare yourself to others!
  • Words. Use positive vocabulary.
  • Be inspired. Motivational and inspirational articles and sayings can have a huge affect on your mood.
  • Say “thank you.” Say it often and see how it starts to affect the way you feel.
  • Give compliments. Spreading positivity and good feeling will make you feel more thankful, too.
  • Learn from difficult situations. Life is not perfect, and you will experience some bad stuff. Instead of letting it take you under, think about what you can learn from it to make your life better in the long run.

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