Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so we felt compelled to post about gratitude. How cliche of us, right?
We are totally fine with being unoriginal when it comes to the whole thankfulness thing, because well, that Ish never gets old. If only everyone was cliche when it came to gratitude. Can we get an AMEN?! Have you ever been annoyed by someone who appreciated things too much? We thought not.
With that being said, yes, we want to address gratitude this week. The older we get, the more we recognize the significance of thankfulness in the every-day. The Happier Human (happierhuman.com) actually says there are 31 benefits of showing gratitude. Yes, it pays to be grateful. So if you’re real self-centered, keep reading- this is for you too. Gratitude makes us happier and healthier AND it makes people like us. We all could use a friend so Gratitude:1, Negative Nancies:0. It also strengthens our emotions (ewww), develops our personality (who couldn’t use a better one?), and boosts our career (cash moneyyyy). So you’re telling us that being a decent human being in the workplace actually helps you?! Mind blown. You’re less materialistic, you sleep better, you have a less likely chance of being sick, and it increases self-esteem. We are down with all this stuff. Really, the list goes on and on- check it out here.
Both the Ginger and the Blonde keep journals of sorts. They are prayer journals where we write about fears and insecurities as we lift them up; we write verses that inspire us and affirmations we want to remember daily. A prayer journal never hurt nobody. It’s also a great place to list the many things we are thankful for on a daily basis. Some days the list contains big blessings like our homes or jobs, but other days we are so over the moon grateful for the little things like coffee creamer and IBUProfen. But this type of daily practice truly helps a person keep perspective when it comes to all the insane blessings/gifts/skills/people we have in our lives (we encourage you to try it!). We all know it is so easy to get bogged down by our day to day “grey cloud”. It's easy to forget all that we have when life gets hectic and stressful and we are spread thin. That’s why we love Thanksgiving. We don’t need to get off into the whole history behind the actual day (we ain’t history teachers over here), but regardless, this holiday is one that always reminds people to be thankful and actually verbalize their gratitude. If only we could get everyone on board to do this year round!
So we feel like sharing some of the many things we are thankful for; we are oozing gratitude over here. Do the same- it FEELS GOOD! Feels so good, we even made a video to go along with the list. Check it out!
Roof over head
More than enough food to eat daily
A cat that kind of hates me
Husbands who keep you on your toes, but always love you unconditionally
Hair highlighting and coloring
Snug beds to sleep in
Brad the tattoo artist, who didn’t mess up our tats
Good running shoes
Legs that run! And take us all the places
Washers and dryers
Jobs-jobs we like!
Paychecks that pay our bills
Laughter so hard your belly hurts
Loving church family
Beer- all the kinds
Speaking of beer, Drinkwel
Movie theaters (with reclining seats!)
Technology to connect with others
Silent alarm clocks
Hair straighteners and curling irons to keep us from scaring people
It is possible to shift your mindset when it comes to gratitude. This isn’t to say that you should be grateful when something unfortunate happens to you necessarily, but we are willing to bet that in any situation there is something you can find to be thankful for. Someone was rude to you? Well, in that case, let’s be thankful that we can be different; we can be people who filter their words and actions before they escape us. It takes conscious thought and intention, but it’s oh so worth it. Especially when you consider that it might help prevent you from getting the flu. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
This holiday season, we encourage you to let people know how much you appreciate them, the things they do/have done for you, and all you’ve been given. We are thankful for you all- those of you who read this blog and support us. We love YOU!