In my monthly themes, December is the month to focus on gratitude.
I know, for many, your thoughts will be turning to gifts….what to give and what you hope to receive. I just wonder how your choices might be affected by keeping your focus this month on gratitude. Maybe then ever gift you give will demonstrate, somehow, something of the gratitude you feel towards the recipients of your gifts.
Many studies have show benefits, in terms of mental and physical well-being, which emerge from the practice of gratitude.
Have you ever thought about starting a “gratitude journal“? This might be a really great month to try it out.
Even if you don’t want to start a gratitude journal, why not take the opportunity of December to focus on gratitude anyway? Who do you want to say thank you to? Go ahead, tell them. What do you feel grateful for? Take a moment to think about exactly what it is, and to allow yourself the full benefits of feeling that gratitude swell in your heart as you contemplate it.
Or maybe you’d like to create, or participate in, a ritual of gratitude?
There’s certainly no single, only way to focus on gratitude, so explore a few ideas, and see what works best for you.