Staying Awake to Gratitude

 In Lifestyle, Mindful Leadership, Thrive 2017

Are you caught up in whirlwind? The whirlwind that hits around this time every year? Each day is a race from start to finish- finally coming to an end with you flopping in bed with enormous relief only to get back up and do it all again. That’s the silly season though isn’t it? The calendar can quickly fill up with social events and obligations and before we know it – the entire family are stressed, exhausted and emotional.

Want to break that cycle this year? Could it be as easy as staying awake to gratitude?

“I’ve come to believe that living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace.”

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington, Founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global, has experienced first-hand the benefits of staying awake to gratitude. You may have read her #1 New York best selling book “Thrive” in which Arianna shares the importance of ‘unintentionally bringing into awareness the tiny, previously unnoticed elements of the day’. She shares how she is not only grateful for all the blessings in her life, but also grateful for all that hasn’t happened yet.

According to research, people who write down the things they are grateful for at the end of each day have lower self-reported stress levels and a greater sense of calm at night. (Thrive, Arianna Huffington). They feel happier.

So why not give this ‘gratitude’ thing a go? If asked, could you list a bunch of things that you grateful for? Be real for a moment – don’t list easy things like electricity or clean water. Dig deeper. What things in your life are irreplaceable and if taken away, would cause your happiness or contentment to stumble?

Here are some ways you can stay awake to gratitude…

  • Do you have someone that consistently whispers words of encouragement and praise? Someone that gives you purpose to keep going? 
  • Do you have community around you that want to celebrate this season with you? Just move to a new city where you don’t know anyone and you’ll begin to value something as simple as an invitation.
  • Have you seen a doctor or therapist lately? If not – chances are you haven’t suffered a serious health scare recently.
  • Had somebody go out of their way for you recently? Watch out for those people… they are there if you pay attention. Small gestures are so heart-filling.
  • Have you received a smile from someone you weren’t expecting to? Smiles from strangers are so lovely. Slow down to catch them. 

This week join us as we pause to remember what we’re TRULY grateful for in this crazy season.

If you want to learn more about what it is to move from just surviving to thriving – join us as Forme Education hosts Thrive 2017 in Sydney (1 June 2017), Gold Coast (3 June 2017) and Melbourne (6 June 2017). The Thrive 2017 Australian tour is exclusive to Forme and offers delegates achievable steps to create a tangible shift from feeling stressed and burned out to being in charge, nurtured and fulfilled.

We are grateful for you and hope to see you there!

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