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Gratitude Exercises

by Mary Larkin |

This year has thrown a lot our way, but we still have a great deal to be grateful for. Thanksgiving may have already passed but there’s plenty to be thankful for all year around. Try out these simple exercises to bring yourself into a state of gratitude when you are feeling unsettled or overwhelmed by what is going on around you.

  1. Notes of Gratitude

During hard times, we tend to lean on those closest to us for support and comfort. It’s important that we show these people that we are thankful for all that they do for us. Everyone loves getting gushy messages of appreciation from their friends and loved ones, but instead of sending a text message consider reading your note of gratitude out loud to your recipient. If you are unable to read the message to your recipient in person, record a video of you reading the note, or read it to them via phone call or video chat. 

  1. Gratitude for the Body

If this year has taught us anything, it has taught us that our bodies and our health are incredibly precious. Our bodies work 24/7 for 365 days a year doing everything they can to keep us healthy and alive and for that they deserve the utmost gratitude. With many of us stuck at home and perhaps eating more and moving less, our bodies are bound to change shape and size. And that’s perfectly okay. The world is changing and so are our bodies. To bring yourself into a state of bodily gratitude, wrap your arms around yourself, close your eyes, and say aloud all of the things that you are grateful for, love, and appreciate about your body.

  1. Gratitude Journal

Writing is a way to intentionally bring our thoughts, desires, and emotions to the forefront of our conscious thinking. If you are looking to bring yourself into a gratuitous headspace more regularly, consider keeping a gratitude journal. Daily, weekly, or as often as is realistic and achievable for you, write down the things, people, and events in your life that you wish to show gratitude for.

2020 has taken a lot from us, but there is still so much that we have been able to create, maintain, and nurture during these trying times. During this holiday season and beyond, remember to live your life (in)love, (in)light, and (in)gratitude.