The holiday season is right around the corner, and for many, it can be full of stress, anxiety, or sadness. This Thanksgiving season, lift spirits and embrace positivity by expressing gratitude. Research shows that focusing on gratitude can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Here are a few ways to help you get started:
Send a thank-you note
While it may seem like a small gesture, a thank-you note can go a long way. By writing thank-you notes, you can make yourself happier, and grow your relationship with another friend, co-worker, or relative.
Crosswinds tip: Try sending a thank-you note to someone once a month, expressing your appreciation for them and the impact they have had on your life. This can be mailed, emailed, or even hand-delivered.
Write a gratitude list
We often take things for granted, focusing only on the things that cause us stress in life. Take some time to focus on the positive things in life and create a list of things you are thankful for.
Crosswinds tip: Try listing 3 things you are thankful for each day for 30 days. This will help build a more positive attitude, and you will become more intentional about slowing your life down to notice the little things.
Make a plan to start or end your day cultivating gratitude. Being intentional about giving thanks can help build a positive attitude and reduce stress in your day-to-day life.
Crosswinds tip: It’s easy to focus on the negative things in life. Start your day off right by practicing mediation or prayer each morning, and focus on what you are thankful for.