It’s not easy to admit that, but it’s the truth.
Rather than let the Thanksgiving season pass me by and feel regretful about this fact, I’ve decided to extend the Thanksgiving holiday this week as well!
In order to strengthen my gratitude for all that I have, I am adopting Jeff Goins’ philosophy of gratitude as a discipline. Like a muscle that needs exercise, our gratitude can grow stronger simply by choosing to think about things we’re grateful for each day.
To help me build this habit, I have added two daily reminders on my phone (at noon and 3:00pm) to prompt me to select five things I’m grateful for in the present moment.
Though there are many benefits to having a gratitude journal as well, these phone reminders seem to be a bit more instantaneous and easy to implement. It literally takes no thinking on my part except for selecting my five thankful items when my phone buzzes. Already, these quick pauses throughout the day have helped me stretch my gratitude muscles.
I’m currently committing to the twice daily reminders for this week only, but I’m curious to see how this experiment goes. If I like the outcome, I might keep the reminders going throughout the rest of the holiday season – or even on into 2014.
I’d love to hear if anyone else wants to do this with me! Maybe we can all reconvene at the end of the week and talk about how it went?