ast week, we discussed what gratitude is and the benefits of practicing thankfulness in your everyday life. If you are a natural pessimist, don’t worry. The benefits of gratitude aren’t only available to people with a naturally grateful disposition. Instead, feeling grateful is a skill we can develop with discipline, reaping its rewards along the way.
When someone mentions the word ‘gratitude,’ images come to mind of that Thank You note you received in the mail last week, the hug your mom gave you last night, sitting around the dinner table with family and friends on Thanksgiving–the intentional moments set aside to show appreciation for blessings in one’s life.
Crisp, cool air. Bright colors of crimson, yellow, orange, brown, green, even purple. The crackle of dry leaves underfoot. The pitter-patter of raindrops that fall from an overcast sky and the damp spray of mist. Snuggling up near a roaring fire in the evening, sipping on some delicious hot chocolate or mulled wine. The comforting scents of both outdoor and indoor autumn, especially the wonder of Thanksgiving.