The Best Present for Yourself: Gratitude
As stores fill with people dashing around breathlessly trying to pick up last-minute gifts and tasty goodies for their Christmas meal, Adventure Mom thought she’d take a minute to talk about giving ourselves a gift. After all, don’t we deserve something special this year? Maybe a coupon for a massage or that new flat-screen TV? Nope, that’s not what I’m talking about at all. I’m talking about the gift that truly keeps on giving, the gift of gratitude.
Gratitude will make you happier than any of those shiny packages wrapped under the tree. And it’ll last a lot longer too, as long as you don’t forget to take it out every so often and dust it off.
But maybe you think that you don’t have anything to be grateful for. Well, let me help with that. Here are just a few things that there are to be grateful for.
- Your Mind: If you are reading this, you should be grateful for a mind that allows you to do so. The mind is an amazing and powerful thing and one that we should be infinitely grateful for. Imagine if yours didn’t work as well as it does, and now be grateful that it does.
- Nature: It may be freezing outside and icy but it is still awe-inspiring. Each snowflake is different…just imagine that, every one! And we have trees and plants and flowers and animals and we don’t have to pay anything to enjoy them. They are just right there for us to relish in. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin (especially if you’re somewhere a little warmer this time of year). Look at the clouds move effortlessly through the sky. How can you not be grateful for that? I definitely am. And I’m not too fond of the cold.
- Family: If you have family in your life that you love and loves you, you have something to be grateful for. Just think back on a funny moment or something a little more touching and you can instantly feel blessed.
- Your Body: Your mind might be amazing but so is your body. And maybe it isn’t your picture-perfect body. And maybe it doesn’t work as well as it should. But just think about how your life would be if you suddenly lost all functioning of your body. Really think about it. And then feel how great it is to climb that staircase or walk down that sidewalk.
- Friends: Spend a little time thinking about the good friends in your life right now. And then spend some time thinking about some good friends of the past. Just try to think about building forts or mud pies with your best friends growing up without a smile cracking your face.
Those are just five quick things to be grateful for this holiday season. But I hope they help you have a better holiday season. And I hope they remind you to spend a little less time shopping and a little more time with the ones you love. Take out the puzzles or the board games or the cards and sit around and just be with each other. It’s the best Christmas present you could give or receive.
Merry Christmas from your friendly Adventure Family!