November 02, 2013

Rev Up Gratitude

It's November. Here in the U.S.A. that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Each year, on facebook, I see people posting a gratitude each day for the month of November. At first, I thought it was cliche. Last year I decided to try it.  For me it wasn't even just about Thanksgiving. My birthday is December 1st. Last year I was turning 40. I thought it would be a great way to end the 30s and move into the 40s.

The results have stayed with me.

We often hear about the power of gratitude. It isn't just about saying thank you. It's about tapping into the well inside of you that swells with joy when you think about all you have been blessed with. Some days it is hard to get to that well. It is so worth it when we you do!

When I was young my favorite month was December. Not only did it start with my birthday but it was full of Christmas lights, music and magic. I thought Christmas was the greatest holiday ever created. Somewhere along the way the magic went away. I no longer found joy in the lights. I barely managed to enjoy my children on Christmas day. I still don't know what really happened. I just know the magic went away.

Last year, after my November month of gratitude, I felt it. I loved the lights. I sang loudly with the music. I was excited for all the Christmas joy and I felt the magic. I focused more deeply on what Christmas really meant to me. When they say that gratitude is powerful they aren't kidding.

Since December 15th I have been posting a gratitude a day into a closed facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HSgratchallenge/ The goal was to post a thing we are thankful for each day for 365 days. I am positive I will continue on. The posts by others inspire me to feel gratitude for things I hadn't thought about. We'd love to have you join us. Some of our members only post once in a while. Some have never posted and just enjoy what others share. Some of us are dedicated everydayers. (That's a word, right?)

I've been feeling this gratitude all year long. Now it's November again. My thoughts now are, What can I do to rev up the gratitude? I posed the question to my friend. This morning she told me that she plans to write 30 thank you notes this month. What a great idea. I am upping my gratitude posts by at least 3 each day. I'm also writing some thank you notes. The first one came with the sweetest response that definitely filled my heart with gratitude.

What other ideas do you have that can help us increase our gratitude and unlock the magic within us? Post them below. Feel free to share the magic!