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As we continue in our discussion about holiday preparation, there is one word we need to put special emphases on and that is gratefulness. Let’s talk about how gratefulness or the lack thereof can affect your entire season.

In a stuck moment, it’s hard to see positive forces when obstacles are blaring and fears are looming. This is a good time to be grateful. Not grateful for what has us stuck, but appreciating what doesn’t. Gratitude helps us see our situation in a way that can lessen panic, and could open up our thinking to new solutions.

Thing is, people aren’t hardwired to be grateful. And, like any skill worth having, gratitude requires practice. There are three stages to gratefulness 1. recognizing what we’re grateful for 2. acknowledging it 3. appreciating it. Isn’t that Simple, right? And the benefits of practicing gratitude can be life-altering. Here are three things gratitude does for you.

  1. Gratitude puts situations into perspective. When we can see the good as well as the bad, it becomes more difficult to complain and stay stuck.
  2. Gratitude helps us realize what we have. This can lessen our need for wanting more all the time.
  3. Gratitude strengthens relationships, improves health, reduces stress, and, in general, makes us happier.

Again, let’s get an early start on the Holiday Blues – let’s get our gratefulness in check NOW!

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