An Attitude of Gratitude
Over the weekend I ran a workshop just for kids. I collaborated with a local artist, and we came up with the idea to host a class in honor of Mother's Day. I taught the kids all about the importance of gratitude, while the artist guided the kids on a unique craft dedicated to their mom, or special mom figure. We had a blast!
As adults, how often do we take a minute to appreciate the little things in life? We live in a very materialistic culture. We get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle, and are quick to complain about the smallest things. We're so focused on what we don't have that we don't actually appreciate what we do.
I discussed with the kids yesterday that when we're in the habit of practicing gratitude we are able to shift our focus from lack to abundance. We start paying attention and noticing all of our blessings, and it immediately changes our mindset. It activates postive feelings and energy that can create a ripple effect to those around us.
It's important to remember that we do need to feel our feelings, though. We're allowed to feel sad, angry, frustrated and it's important to acknowledge our emotions. But the fastest antidote to negativity, is to always look for positivity. Is there a lesson to be learned from that experience?
As I told the kids, I firmly believe we are all put here on this planet for a purpose. So if it seems impossible to find anything to be thankful for in that present moment, just be grateful for your breath. Appreciate being blessed with another day here on earth, and know that this too shall pass. In fact, in my "Rising into Resliency" workshop, I discuss with the kids that there's so much power in our obstacles. We get stronger through resistance. This is just another example of how you can use gratitude in those really hard circumstances.
One way you can get into the habit of gratitude is to start a practice! Write down 1-3 specific things everyday that you're thankful for. When you have some accountability around it, you'll feel the need to be on the lookout daily for all the little things in life that make you smile. You'll be surprised how many you'll notice!
So, take a moment today to reflect on what you're grateful for. Whether it's a supportive friend, a fulfilling job, or even just a beautiful day outside, there's always something to appreciate.
If you want more information on my upcoming My Life summer series workshops for kids, click below!
Wishing all the moms a Happy early Mother's Day! And if roses happen to show up on Sunday, take a minute to stop and smell them - literally!
Ali Naglee Wellness, Certified Holistic Health Coach