We spend a lot of time being thankful at American House . We know everyone else does, too: A fun family tradition on Thanksgiving can be to go around the table and have each person talk about something for which he or she is grateful. But while it’s natural to focus more on the things you’re thankful for during November because of Thanksgiving, we’ve found 4 Ways to Bring More Gratitude into Your Life, ALL YEAR LONG:
1. Brush your teeth with a positive thought.
You have a daily schedule when you wake up: Turn off the alarm clock, put your slippers on and head into the bathroom for your morning routine. An easy way to start your day on a positive note is to incorporate a little gratitude while you’re getting ready. Make it a point to think about what you are thankful for while you are brushing your teeth! That gives you two minutes to focus on the good things in your life and head into the daily grind in a great mood. Don’t forget to review the best parts of your day when you brush those pearly whites at bedtime, too!
2. Pay it forward.
It’s amazing how much helping someone else out can make you appreciate everything in your own life. Don’t just do it on “Pay it Forward Day” (April 24, 2014, in case you were wondering). Bringing a smile to someone else’s day — by paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line, donating your time to help friend or saying a kind word to the disgruntled cashier at the store — is something that can be done on a daily basis. You could even donate services or products, like so many generous folks in this An American House Wedding love story! When you make a conscious effort to go out of your way for someone else, it allows you to be thankful for the little things.
3. Find the silver lining.
Sometimes it’s really hard to see the positive in a crummy situation. And you may not be able to think about it right away, but once you decide to look at things in a different light you’ll find that your entire outlook will change. This isn’t about making lemonade when life hands you lemons (although that’s certainly a fantastic adage!), but it’s more about noticing that there is something light behind that dark cloud hanging above you during those trials and tribulations. Got a flat tire? In the rain? When you call the auto club for assistance, it’s a great time to find a way to Pay it Forward by showing your sincere appreciation to the employee and his or her help coming to your rescue — or maybe it’s the perfect time to have an excuse to catch up with your mechanic nephew.
4. Think of the glass as half full.
It’s time to stop complaining! When you are quick to jump to pointing out the negative aspects of your circumstances, you end up bringing more negativity upon yourself — because that’s all you see. Instead, promise yourself to curb the complaining and bring in the positive affirmations. It can take a while to catch yourself spewing out the pessimistic remarks, but we promise you’ll see an impact. Here’s proof: One Easy Way to Lead a Longer, Healthier Life. And nobody wants to spend their time with a Negative Nancy, anyway, so don’t be surprised if your social circle expands and you’re receiving more dinner invitations when you become known as the neighborhood optimist!
Giving thanks to American House
Want to see all the things we’re thankful for — like our wonderful residents and thoughtful staff? Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a visit so you can see for yourself (Psst: There’s apple pie involved, too).