From the colorful fall foliage to the crisp morning air to the pumpkins and gourds displayed in neighborhood stores, I love everything about fall. I can’t help but reflect on the feelings of gratitude that the season evokes in me.
The practice of gratitude is often talked about as an integral component to leading a happy and joyful life. Of course, we can always strive to improve our situations and overall well-being, but sometimes we need to pause and consider all the things that are going well in our lives.
I’ve found the art of being grateful to be extremely beneficial in my own life, particularly when going through challenging transitions. During the last months at my previous job, when I was itching to leave, I set a glass jar by my desk and wrote three things that I felt grateful for on a small sheet of paper every day. In about a month, my gratitude jar was full.
Not only did this small, simple gesture enable me to feel better about my situation, I also began to appreciate many different aspects of my life — from the city where I live to the beauty of my relationships. And when it was time for me to move on, I read all the notes – each one a small token of appreciation – and I could leave with a big smile on my face, feeling grateful for what the experience taught me and for all that I had to look forward to.
Before we enter into the intense holiday season, I hope you’ll have some down time to reflect on what makes your life feel rich. I recommend taking the time to write three things you feel grateful for every morning or evening, and I’m sure within a matter of time, you will also begin feeling the gratitude spread throughout your life.