Usually we spend the time before Christmas having a lot of stress, running around town trying to find the perfect gifts and making sure to finish our last assignments before heading off into the well-deserved holidays. However, with being all busy, we sometimes forget what this time or life in general really is about. It´s not the presents, the pay rise we are expecting or the luxury holiday we have booked for New Year´s Eve. Sure, there is nothing wrong or bad about treating yourself and money is indeed something that can make you happy (sometimes), but it is still the non-material things that really matter. Because in the end, if you don´t get that pay rise for instance and thus feel not appreciated or even get into financial struggles, who is there for you? Correct, your family and friends.
We know what you think right now… That this is nothing new and something everybody has been thinking about again and again for years especially around Christmas. That might be true, but still it is important to remind ourselves that we should be thankful, not just in December. We are not telling you “Cherish what you are given, there are people in the world who have way less than you!”, because that would be a bit too obvious and also sort of moralizing. This here is not about realizing that you might be more privileged than others, instead we want you to think about what really matters to YOU irrespective of anybody else, because in the end, comparing yourself – for better or worse – won´t get you anywhere.
Often in life, we start thinking about stuff like that when something horrible happens. A disease, death, financial and social struggles might make us realize “Hey, life is short, let´s be thankful and change the way of seeing certain things.”. Don´t get us wrong, it´s great when circumstances like that set somebody thinking and make them live life to the fullest, be grateful and value health, the people in their lives and all the good things happening day by day. But why wait for something to happen before starting to worship all of that? What about starting now? No reason, no bad incidents and no near-death experiences are needed to make you shine with gratitude. So, how can you be thankful starting from today?
1- LIVE MORE CONSCIOUSLY
Most of the time you don´t even have to be deliberately thankful. Just try to be a little more conscious and mindful throughout your daily life. For instance, instead of going to work with blinders every day, make sure to actually look at your surroundings. This way you might find something amazing that will brighten up your morning. Or what about dedicatedly listening to what your dear ones are telling you? We are sure that sometimes you are so focused on yourself that you forget to pay attention. Having a sympathetic ear for someone makes that person as well as you feel better, promise.
2- APPRECIATE THE SMALL THINGS
This one is actually a no-brainer, but still something that we tend to forget from time to time. All our lives we are chasing the big things, the big love, the big job or that one big adventure. Along the way, there are some things though that make this whole process only memorable. So, concentrate on these small moments that are happening along the way up to your big goal or dream, because without them, life would be pretty empty, don´t you think?
3- DO SOMETHING GOOD
Okay, at this point we have to hark back to the “there are people in the world that have way less”. Charitable work is something that not just makes you more thankful for your own life, but all people involved in such organisations and not least the ones you are helping, will thank you for your engagement. Ultimately, helping others, sharing some love and being present is what Christmas is all about, right?
So, spread some joy and gratitude and keep those things in mind whenever you feel like life is crap and everything is going wrong, because, in the end, there is always something to be thankful for.