How to Be Grateful for Every Day
I have serious Facebook envy. I scroll through my social media feeds and feel incredibly jealous of the photos and posts I see of people who seem to be living life to the fullest. It seems like everyone is going on vacations, eating at expensive restaurants, getting married, having babies, etc. I like to think jealousy is a normal reaction to my “friends” who seemingly have it all together. Whenever I catch myself entering a funk because of what I see on social media, I remind myself that I have a full, happy life. It’s a never-ending cycle of telling myself, “How do I get what they have, because they have it so much better…” to, “But you have so much to be grateful for…” and back again.
That’s the word– “gratitude.” How can I be more grateful in my life when at least once a day there is something that could bring me down?
As is usually the case with the New Year, I set a resolution to be more grateful for what I have and stop living in the world of social media envy. The tricky part was staying accountable to practicing gratitude, so I grabbed a buddy.
Every day of the new year my partner and I have set aside time each day to be grateful. We have taken to calling this our “grateful for” time. When we’re getting ready for bed at night or sitting down for dinner we share with each other one thing that happened that day that we are grateful for. (Okay, so sometimes we have to do makeup grateful for sessions when the day gets busy or I fall asleep before 9:30pm, oops!)
Regardless, integrating this practice into my daily life has had tremendous benefits for me, including increased communication between me and my man! At the time I am writing this, we have been doing “grateful for”s for about a month. I catch myself in the middle of the day thinking, “This is totally going to be my grateful for today.” Even on crappy days, knowing that I need to share something I am grateful for forces me to see the silver lining in everyday. Our “grateful for”s range in scale from the minute to the grand, from the tangible to intangible, but they are all equally worthy of my gratitude.
Some of the things I (we) have been grateful for this month are:
- My crock pot,
- Having a job and an income,
- Having a partner who loves me enough to indulge me in my “Bachelor” habit,
- Having parents and families that get along with one another,
- New bedding,
- The girl on the bus who lent me her phone when I forgot it at work and needed to call my ride,
- Being able to practice yoga almost every day,
- My beautiful friend, Kat, who introduced me to Bad Yogi and inspired me with her own post,
- This Kid President video about being thankful,
- and many, many more.
You get the idea; I have a lot to be grateful for even if I don’t always realize it or find myself wishing I had something someone on Facebook has. Sure, I still get jealous, but I am a happier, kinder (most of the time) person as a result of be grateful for what I do have on a daily basis.
I may actually stick to this resolution! What are you grateful for right now, in this very moment? Share!