Make 2020 the Year of Gratitude

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By Brandy Carrillo, Healthy Aggies intern

The resolution mentality is still alive as we adjust to the ins and outs of the new decade. Many of us took the time to reflect on the good and bad of 2019 and develop a set of resolutions for 2020. A new year is the perfect opportunity to start focusing on the good!

If you’re waiting for disaster to happen, it is hard to wrap your head around the idea of gratitude.  A pessimistic outlook makes it difficult to pinpoint and pick out the positive from the negative. So here are some tips and on how to spot that silver lining with ease and adopt an attitude of gratitude.

  1. Celebrate the little things

It is difficult to recognize when things are going the way we want them to if we’re busy looking for anything to go awry. By celebrating even the little successes, we start to subconsciously adopt a more optimistic way of thinking, allowing us to welcome gratitude with open arms. These celebrations can be as small as, “I’m thankful for the penny I found on the ground” or as big as “I’m thankful that I got an A on my midterm.”

  1. Start a gratitude journal

It is easy to forget to consciously be thankful daily. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that we don’t even realize the day is already gone; we jump into preparing for the next without expressing gratitude for the one just past. Writing down at least 5 things you are grateful for every day can help you take on a more positive perspective and notice all the good in your life. Consider a gratitude jar or journal.

  1. Don’t completely forget about the “bad”

To be grateful for what you have, it’s good to momentarily reflect on previous hardships to help you see what was once bad is now good.

Gratitude is an awesome way for us to truly appreciate what we have instead of trying to change with hopes that it will make us happier. By remembering to do these three simple tasks every day, your perspective will slowly begin to shift and you’ll be living more gratefully in no time.

How do you celebrate with gratitude?

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