As the year comes to a close, many of us will be reflecting on the past 12 months. Was it a good year, did we do all we set out to accomplish, but more importantly, what are we grateful for?
We’re all so busy multi-tasking. Driving the kids to school, soccer games, taking care of sick spouses or parents that sometimes we don’t stop to slow down and we forget to be grateful for all the awesome things in our life.
Studies show that keeping track of what you are grateful for and acting on those feelings of appreciation not only can make you happier, but can actually boost your immune system and keep you healthier. You don’t have to hire a skywriter to show your appreciation either. It’s the little ways that pack a big punch.
If you like to keep a journal, you can start a collection of little grateful moments. At the end of the year you can reflect back on them and see just how wonderful life treated you. We started this at the office and can’t wait to see the gratitude pile up!
If you send an email to your co-worker in the next cubicle, or text your significant other about plans for dinner, next time skip the electronics and verbalize your thoughts. Not only will it boost their day, it will boost yours as well!
At the holidays or any special occasion as we are all pressed for time, it may be more convenient to pick up a gift card for that person. Giving the gift of your time is the most appreciated gift of all, since we all know how precious it is.
So whether it’s a big show of appreciation or a small token of thanks, bring a little more gratitude into your daily life. It doesn’t cost a thing and it may actually help you live longer!