5 Simple Ways to Show Gratitude in Your Life

By Sheri Sellars, BSN, RN

Nicholson Clinic Nurse Educator

Counting your blessings is an old adage that goes back to the very first Thanksgiving. In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to do and yet remains completely necessary both for emotional well-being and maintenance of sanity as the demands of the holiday season settle in. Here are a few ideas to keep yourself mindful of the things to be grateful in life.

1. Pause. Even if it is just a moment before you pick your child up from school, turn your mind consciously toward the things you have to be grateful for. Pull up on purpose what you have in your life that others may not. Feeling fortunate is the foundation of gratitude.

2. Unplug. Turn off your computer and/or your television. Plan an old fashioned family game night. Pop popcorn, let the kids play with you. Roll the dice, move plastic pieces around the board and tune back in to times that were simpler and fewer worries plagued you. Teach the kiddos to take turns, to lose gracefully and the value of spending time socializing without gadgets or electronic screens. Let them see you paying attention to them as well without your cell phone pulling you away.

3. Plan a date night and keep it. Line up a babysitter and take your loved one out for dinner, a movie or even just a long walk in the crisp fall air. Listen to the trees whispering in the breeze. Look up and notice the sky. Hold hands across the table and let the world slip away.

4. Tell your loved ones that you love them. In the end, it is the people in our lives, whether related by blood or marriage or choice that make our lives better. Love grows best when given away. Share your love with the people you feel for. We all need to know we are loved.

5. Give it away. Perhaps nothing makes you more aware of your blessings than by sharing something you have to give. It can be money, time, donated clothing, prayers or smiles. Everyone has something to contribute. Take the time to share and you will find yourself warm inside from having done it. Even the smallest of gestures are important both for your own well-being and for that of others.

About the Author

Sheri has known Dr. Nick Nicholson for eight years, working with him for patient care coordination and as an advocate for patient rights. She provides a passionate and supportive education experience to Nicholson Clinic patients regarding both surgical and nonsurgical lifestyle challenges, assisting patients in making the transition into a new way of thinking and a new phase of life. She is pursing her Masters in Nursing Education through Western Governors University.