Research suggests that people who live wholehearted lives practice gratitude. According to Brené Brown, when the Wholehearted feel that warm wash of fear they take a moment to get grateful for the present moment. This led me to wonder, what are some of the ways in which we can PRACTICE gratitude?
Send a thank you card:
John Kralik wrote a book called “A Simple Act of Gratitude.” In this book, John described how his life was transformed by sending 365 thank you cards. In our day and age of texting and tweeting taking a moment to send a simple thank you card can be transformative. Not only is it a way to say, “Thank you,” but it is a moment to pause, put pen to paper, and really focus on what you are grateful for.
Capture the ordinary moments:
Another way, and this was inspired by Brené Brown’s Life Class ,is to pause and become aware of the ORDINARY moments that you are grateful for. For example, sitting at the kitchen table and seeing your family in the living room. Hearing your children play outside. Drinking a warm cup of coffee on a cold winter’s day. You may even pause and take a picture using your phone to document the ordinary moments. You may keep them in a gratitude journal. Finding joy in the ordinary extraordinary moments is likely to increase your joy and change your perception.
Create a gratitude jar:
Lastly, you may consider creating a gratitude jar. I found a tutorial here. Perhaps you will add something weekly or daily, perhaps you can have your whole family add to the jar. The idea is to begin to practice gratitude, to lend your attention to what you have, and to share that gratitude with those you love.
And just fun, I wanted to add a link to an online Vinyasa Yoga Flow class taught by Kathyrn Budig “This class is geared towards finding gratitude regardless of the situation. This ‘stretchy flow’ keeps the heat up without over wearing the body. We lead up to different variations of hamstring openers including standing and regular splits.”