Every year we are asked to reflect on what we are thankful for around Thanksgiving. As quickly as the obvious answers pop into our heads, our minds are consumed with the next thing just as fast. Take a little extra time this year and really dedicate a few minutes to thinking about what in your life makes you feel thankful. To get you started, here are 5 ideas to get you thinking.
1. Little things in life
Whether it is a beautiful sunset or something as powerful as the idea of freedom, we should be thankful for all of the little things around us that others may not be so lucky to have. Try to take the time to write down the small but valuable things you often forget that make the top of the list.
If you or your spouse is employed, that is something to be thankful for! While money problems are more desirable than health problems, having financial security is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. If you are in between jobs at the moment, give thanks for the job that you will have in the future.
Look back at your life thus far and be grateful for all you have done. Maybe you earned a degree you thought you couldn’t, or possibly you never thought you could scrape the money together for a down payment on a house but here you are in your home. Whether it is a personal or professional accomplishment, make sure to really be grateful for all you have done and will accomplish in the years to come.
If you, your family, and friends are all in good health then that is something to be extremely grateful for. No matter what problems or struggles you endure, they are all second to those associated with health conditions or complications. If someone you know is in less than perfect health, take this time to be grateful for the healthy years they had and the ones they have to come.
5. Family, Friends, and Loved Ones
Family, friends and loved ones are the obvious and well-deserved people who make this list, but surely there are more people than that for whom you are grateful. Consider your early morning barista who had to wake up even earlier than you did just to be there for you. Or maybe it’s a co-worker who makes Monday mornings a little more fun. Possibly it’s your fitness instructor who helped you kick your body back into shape. Friends, family, and loved ones come to mind first for good reason – these are the people whom we love and love us back in return. They are the people who see us at our worst and still choose to continue through life with us regardless.
So as Thanksgiving approaches this year, don’t just list the first few things that come to mind. Maybe make a list or dedicate a certain amount of time making sure that you include everyone and everything. Happy Thanksgiving!