I forgot to take a moment to be thankful for all of the things that were right- our daughter is healthy, we are healthy, we have jobs we enjoy, we have health insurance, a nice home, close relationships with our families. All of those amazing things were sidelined in my conversations with the Lord because I stopped focusing on gratitude.
- Pray: Start off each prayer with specific things you are thankful for— they can be “big things” like the health of your family or your home or “small things” like doing really well in a presentation at work or being able to have a few hours to yourself to get a manicure.
- Reflect: jot down things you’re thankful for on a notepad or in the notes section of your phone. When you’re having a bad day (or week, or month, or more), read over your list as a reminder that a new season is coming.
- Reach-out: if you have a friend you’ve lost touch with, contact them. If you have a co-worker who did a great job on a project, tell them. If you got outstanding service at a store, tell the employee and manager or write an email. These are the little things that make a big difference. They help spread positivity and give us even more to be thankful for— especially when we make others feel appreciated.
- Look-back: something that always brings me joy is looking at photos and videos from the past year. It allows me to re-live special moments and milestones and this always makes me feel so thankful that I’m able to have these memories. Another way to do this is by having a conversation with an old friend about some special memories or reading letters and cards you’ve saved from the past. It helps to put into perspective, again, that life is full of seasons and that if times are difficult right now, a better season is around the corner.