American Thanksgiving is this week and gratitude is in the air. I am surrounded all year by very grateful people in my day-to-day life through great social and work relationships and I love that this week invites us to be extra grateful.
Directing more of our attention towards gratitude for the things that make our lives wonderful are scientifically proven to make us healthier, more energetic, less stressed and anxious, and help us get better sleep.
With that, I wanted to encourage you to take a few minutes out of your Thanksgiving day, regular Thursday or any other day and simply say …
Thank you for the simple things.
Make a list of your simple things or think through them, quietly reflecting on how rich your life is because of these amazingly simple, yet wonderfully meaningful things.
My list of simple things …
- Monday date nights (don’t save the fun stuff for the weekend)
- Work I love with people I adore
- When my dog pretends to understand exactly what I’m saying
- Beautiful hikes
- Long text conversations with my overseas sister
- Meeting new people
- Small spaces
- New ideas
- Tapas and small plates
- Email full of heart and soul
- Sending care packages
- Laughing with friends
- Morning walks
And then there are the really important things like freedom, opportunity, openness, being and feeling completely healthy, and the people who change my life everyday. It always comes down to love and health for me.
So, be grateful for the simple things and the really important things. The only difference between feeling content and discontent is gratitude, especially when we realize and embrace that the best things aren’t things.
What’s on your simple things list?