Nov 23, 2022
Are you being bombarded by Black Friday sales already even though it’s not even Thursday yet? Me too!
These days, it seems like Thanksgiving gets lost where Halloween ends and Christmas begins. But I’m not ready to write it off as the lost holiday - it’s just too important.
In today’s new post, I’m encouraging you to use this Thanksgiving holiday as a time to reinstate & refresh your own gratitude practice.
Because cultivating consistent gratitude can literally change your life.
Read on to peek inside my own daily gratitude habit and learn how practicing gratitude daily will have compound effects that transform every aspect of your world from your sleep to your relationships to your business.
Training your brain to operate from gratitude
I went shopping with my mom yesterday, and we visited one of those big discount stores that tends to be hit or miss. On our way in, she turned to me and said, “I don't know if this is worth it, Jen. The last three times I've been here, it's really been a miss. I haven’t liked anything.”
My response? “Terrific. This is a hit or miss kind of store. So if you’ve had a bunch of misses, that means today is going to be a hit. We’re going to walk in and find a bunch of stuff we love.”
She looked at me like I was nuts, but I could tell her mood had improved and she was entering the store with a fresh energy.
While this is a bit of a trivial story about shopping, I share it because it’s the epitome of how I think. When encountering negativity or roadblocks, my brain quickly refocuses its energy onto a more positive direction. And I attribute a large part of this skill to a conscious practice of gratitude.
Where’s your own gratitude practice at?
Do you have a gratitude practice in your day to day life? What does it look like? Does it feel like it suits you, or could it use a refresh?
This week, you’re no doubt hearing more about gratitude than normal. But with all of the benefits that gratitude can bring to your life, I can’t help but wonder why we as a society only tend to focus on it for one week out of the year.
The many benefits of a consistent gratitude practice have been scientifically proven again and again. Physically, it improves sleep and cognitive functioning. Emotionally, it improves overall happiness, optimism, and positivity. Gratitude allows us to feel more satisfied with our lives because it trains our brains to seek out the good. The more grateful we are, the more we naturally dwell on the positive versus the negative.
A simple gratitude practice you can adopt daily
So with all of the indisputable benefits in mind, why aren’t more of us regularly incorporating gratitude into our daily lives?
I hear from clients that they tried for a bit, but couldn’t get the habit to stick. Or, they found that it worked for a while, then it stagnated.
For me, daily gratitude comes naturally now. But it didn't always.
I believe that gratitude is truly a practice. And just like anything that you practice - a sport, a musical instrument, a foreign language - the more you do it, the better you'll get at it and the more natural and easy it becomes.
To reap the full benefit of gratitude, you’ve got to commit to it daily.
My daily gratitude practice begins each morning with journaling. I keep it simple, jotting down everything I’m feeling grateful for at the moment. Then, I read it back to myself aloud so I can hear it as well. Next, I express my gratitude to someone else. This step keeps the positive energy of gratitude circulating.
It’s really that simple. And because it’s simple, it makes it easy to stick to daily.
Use this Thanksgiving to reinstate your own gratitude practice
This is the perfect time to launch a daily gratitude habit of your own. Make sure it’s something you can commit to every day. Here’s why:
While you may not notice the benefits of practicing gratitude from doing it just for one day or even a week, gratitude roots itself into your life & brain slowly. There is a compound effect that after several weeks and several months, you are going to begin to notice a higher vibration… that you’re operating from a higher frequency within you.
And let me tell you this: it is going to rock your world.
If you know me, you know that I'm all about energy. I'm all about the frequency that you bring to this world. And the truth is, it begins with the gratitude that you bring.
Spread some gratitude this week, and continue to do so in the weeks to come. Then watch the magic happen.
Thanks to you
Before I sign off, I want to let you know that I'm grateful for you. I'm grateful for your loyal readership and, to those who also subscribe to the podcast, your loyal listenership! I'm grateful every time you share my blog & podcast with someone else, and for every time you message me to let me know what resonated with you. I am so grateful for you taking the time to be here and invest in yourself.
Until next time, I'm Jen Gitomer and I'm reminding you to go activate your success frequency.