This year my Christmas present to myself is to be more grateful. Believe it or not (Believe it.), I just turned 30 and I really started to think about the concept of being grateful and how it changes your outlook on life. Most people say thank you and most people are happy when they receive a gift, but I’m not talking about that type of gratitude. What I want for myself (and everyone) is to really appreciate the good things in life and to not be constantly wondering what better things are coming next. When life gets bad, as it sometimes does, I want to be able to remember to be grateful. Grateful that my loved ones are near, grateful that I have a roof over my head, and grateful that there is at least one reason to smile everyday.
If nothing else, let’s all just be grateful we live in a world where brunch is a thing, right?
Being grateful used to be an action that I did in order to mind my manners (saying “thank you” to Grandma, sending a card when someone gets you a gift, etc.), but now it has become something more. Gratitude is not for others, it is for ourselves. I have found that actively reminding myself of all the things I am grateful for has helped me to see the world in a more positive light. As insufferable as life can get, there is always a worse situation that we could find ourselves in.
I encourage everyone to pick something everyday and repeat to yourself, “I am grateful that this part of my life is going well.” It could literally be, “I am grateful that I have all of my fingers and toes today.” Try it. If being grateful doesn’t turn your day around, you can always try brunch. That will definitely work.
Happy Holidays, everyone!