Giving gratitude towards yourself and others is a powerful tool that can have a huge influence on your overall well-being. Although November is the ideal time to dust off your positive affirmations and generous spirit, keep in mind that practicing gratitude throughout the year can provide you with tremendous physical and mental benefits that can improve your quality of life.
If you are looking to kick off November with generous spirits, try our gratitude exercises below.
Do something truly nice for someone
It is easy to make a generically kind gesture for someone, like opening a door for them or offering them a bite of your food, but what about a gesture that they can truly benefit from? Consider the perspective of others when doing something kind. For example, taking them to their favorite movie or coffee shop. This extra effort can go a long way in the eyes of a friend.
Show someone your life
Alternatively, you can bring a friend along to some of your favorite activities, or introduce them to someone special in your life. This will allow you to see your life from the perspective of another, which can actually give you a fresh perspective on your lifestyle and make you feel more grateful.
Write a thank you letter
In the digital age, the handwritten letter seems to be a forgotten form of communication. Revive the authenticity of this medium by utilizing it in your next gratitude exercise. Write out a letter addressed to someone who has truly made an impact on your life, thanking them for all that they have done for you. You will feel a lot better afterwards, trust us.
One of the most simple yet overlooked forms of gratitude is a smile. Smiling can actually make you feel happier. Practicing this form of gratitude is especially beneficial during stressful situations when it feels like the last thing you want to do.
Keeping a gratuitous mindset has significant benefits, and can even help you reach your fitness goals sooner. Use this November to flaunt your most giving spirit and feel the lasting affects on your body and mind.