Unconventional Gratitude: How to Find Real Happiness During the Holidays
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, happiness seems more illusive than finding Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, or the lost mate for your sock. In fact for some, the holidays are the least happy time of the year. How do you find and hold on to happiness during stressful times?
During this time of year we are reminded to be grateful for all we have, yet many do not really know how to harness what science has proven to be the “super fuel” for happiness?
Gratitude is another word for happiness!
Yep, gratitude and happiness are different words with the same result. When you are happy, there is always a component of gratitude. Dr. Sonia Lyubomirsky, a leading researcher on happiness, found that:
“Gratitude is the strategy for achieving happiness.”
In fact, her research shows that people who practice gratitude daily experience more satisfaction and better health. Additionally, Harvard Medical School found that:
“Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with happiness.”
This year I want you to take gratitude to a deeper level with 3 simple steps that I guarantee will bring you more happiness during both good and stressful times.
So here’s my unconventional gratitude invitation:
1. Notice at least 1 (or more for extra credit) moment of thankfulness daily. Most of us don’t take the time to notice things we are grateful for. Often we are so consumed with our schedule and tasks that we can go weeks, months or even a lifetime without slowing down to notice what is good. Starting right now, I want you to notice at least one thing everyday that you are thankful for.
2. Feel your gratitude moment in your soul. When it comes to applying gratitude, most people day make a list of things they are thankful for at the end of the day. Although this is a good practice, it is only a small part of the gratitude equation. I want you to feel it in the “now.” In other words don’t wait till the end of the day to recognize what you are thankful for. Feel it in the moment -- right now.
It looks something like this: pause and feel gratitude in your soul, breath it in. I want you to have tears in your eyes, to have a spiritual experience, to immerse yourself fully in the moment! Seriously, I want you to feel it as deeply as you possibly can and then some!!!
3. Share your gratitude moment with someone within 24 hours. Sharing your gratitude moment with someone is the icing on the cake. This step honestly will take the reward system of your brain and put it into warp speed and will solidify to your brain that you have so much to feel happiness over!
“The key to having it all is to realize you already do?” -Martin De Matt
Give this a shot for one week starting today and watch what happens to your level of joy! I want to hear about your experience, please leave a comment on my Facebook page.
Happy Grateful Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I hope it is truly is filled with joy that can only come from a heart that is full of gratitude.