The Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge

by Betty Lochner on November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Squash“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”  – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
 When my kids were young we went around the table at Thanksgiving and shared what we were thankful for. The adults went with the family, friends and health theme but the kids – well, they kept it real. Some examples: “I’m thankful I found my lost lego man;” “I’m thankful that Christmas is coming next;” and one of my all time favorites “I’m thankful I’m not a Pilgrim.”
Yes, Thanksgiving is  the one day of the year that we all agree we have a lot to be thankful for.
 In my workshops, I often explore what a difference the daily practice of gratitude can have on how you communicate with others, and with yourself.
 Most of us are generally wired to focus on the negative things going on in our lives, so changing to a focus on the positive requires us to build a habit of being grateful and recognizing  every day what is going right in our own personal world.

Changing your daily attitude to one of gratefulness will change your perspective forever.  How do you do it?  Since gratitude isn’t always an automatic response, we have to consciously learn the habit of being grateful.

One of the ways to do that is to take the Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge.

It starts with making a list.

Compile a list of 10 things that you are grateful for in your everyday life.

Think about your blessings, and all that you are truly thankful for and make of list of your “Top 10.”  When you complete your list, keep it close at hand and revisit it everyday.  Put it on your mirror, or hang it on your wall.  When you look at it, remember how very lucky you are.  And then, take a minute to say “thank you” – to God, and to the people you are grateful for.  Expressing your appreciation is how you can pay your gratitude forward to family and friends.  And, when we talk openly around others about the things were’re grateful for, we can help others (think children and grandchildren!)  learn to think about the good things in their lives.

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, think about your Top 10 and work on your own attitude of gratitude  – it will set the tone for all your interactions and you will see small changes that will make a huge difference in your life and those around you.  And that’s something to be grateful for.

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 Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training and Director of Washington’s 529 Plan. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home, and 52 Communication Tips. To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit our website:  www.cornerstone-ct.com

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