In times like these we often look at what we are missing instead of realizing all that we already have. It is so important to find gratitude in all aspects of our lives.
1. MAKE A LIST
Writing down ten things you are grateful for in your life could make all the difference. Whether it be writing down it down in your journal, the whiteboard on the fridge, or on the notes on your phone, it could change your whole perspective for the whole day or even week! It can be as simple and as random as you would like! For example our 'gratitude list' consists of this:
- EMMA MANIS AND THE WHOLE EVOLVE TEAM
- YUMMY HOME-MADE MEALS
- CELLS PHONES TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH OUR CUSTOMERS
- SUPER CUTE ANIMALS TO MAKE US SMILE
- OUR HEALTH
- BEING ABLE TO GO ON WALKS IN THIS NICE WEATHER
- BEING SURROUNDED BY CONSTANT LOVE AND SUPPORT
We often forget the power of meditation and the healing/new perspectives that comes along with it. We believe that having new perspectives brings you to gratitude. An app the Evolve team loves to use is called "Eternal Sunshine" with inspirational talks, meditations, and much more! We encourage all of you to give it a try!
3. SAY THANK YOU
This may seem like a simple task we learn at such a young age, but in times like these even a simple "thank you" can remind you and the other person of how important it really is. Remember to say "thank you" for all aspects in your life.
4. TRY TO DO SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
In order to be grateful there doesn't always need to be these HUGE acts of kindness in order to feel loads of gratitude. Making the bed for your mom before she comes home from work or making dinner for your neighbor can be rewarding for yourself and can also spread the feeling of gratitude by having others experience the feeling of it as well. Remember that serving others ultimately serves yourself!
5. KEEP DOING THE THINGS THAT YOU LOVE!
You may not be able to go see your favorite band in concert right now or go to your favorite restaurant, but there are ways to still keep doing those things that you love so much. Blast your favorite artist or band through the speakers of your house and make your own concert! Order from your favorite restaurant and eat it outside on your patio with a nice glass of wine! COVID-19 is changing the way we live life as we know it. It is highly important to be creative ensuring we are still doing the things that we love to do! Just because you cannot physically go to that concert you were excited for or walk into your favorite restaurant, there are ways to keep those little joys of happiness alive!
6. MORNING MINDFULNESS
Each morning take time to sit in your favorite spot in the house and look out the window to enjoy all that is surrounding you and to focus on all that you have instead of what you lack. Whether that be physically or emotionally. Make part of your morning routine to 'be still' and cherish all that you are truly blessed with inside and out.
7. BODY APPRECIATION
In times like these we know that body image is probably a struggle for lots of you. Remember to be grateful for the amount of work your body does everyday to keep you alive. Be grateful and thoughtful to how amazing it is that your bones hold your beautiful brain with all its amazing thoughts. Be nice to the legs that are holding up your extraordinary body that is filled with all the essentials to giving you life. Look at your wonderful arms that allow you to pick up and/or make food, art, or new ideas. The amount of energy our bodies use everyday just so we can do simple tasks of walking, breathing, and living is taken for granted by all of us. Remember to lay down and tell your body "good job" or "thank you" or "I am grateful for all that you do for me".
8. WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR
We all look in a mirror at least one time each day. When you look in the mirror we encourage you to write on your mirror either with window paint or even lipstick starting with the words: 'YOU ARE..." at the top of the mirror and finish the sentence by taking a good look at yourself and being thankful for all that you are. One of the hardest things to do is accepting the aspects of ourselves we do not like. Instead of looking in the mirror and stating "I hate my acne" or "I hate the bags under my eyes". Try saying these phrases "I have acne because my skin is reacting in a perfectly normal way to the stress I am under right now" or "I accept the bags under my eyes because they are signs reminding me I work so hard at what I do".
Something that most of us take for granted everyday is water. Most of us reading this have access to water in a cup, out of our showers, or through our sinks in a matter of seconds. Next time you crave that cup of ice cold water, or a warm soothing bath or shower, remember how rare that is for some families around the world and even in the United States. Be grateful that water is so accessible for the fortunate like us. We do not have to walk across the country for fresh water, fight for fresh water, or even have to ask for it. It is an object that is just given to us. It is highly important to remember how lucky we are to have that opportunity in our everyday lives. So before you take that nice shower or ice cold cup of water remember this paragraph and may that glass of water be also a glass of gratitude.
10. WHEN YOU EAT
To have food on your plate is an advantage and if you think about it, it is somewhat a privilege. Many people around the world and in our country do not have access to even a candy bar. When you see your plate filled with nutrition and love, take time to further your habit of thankfulness. Our bodies were made to eat to allow the process of digesting food to make energy in order for us to share kindness, hope, ideas, and inspire others. Realizing it or not everything is connected, from this blog post to the food I ate last night. Energy is needed to live a life full of gratitude, thankfulness, love, forgiveness, and inspiration. You deserve to eat and change the world.
- WITH LOVE, EVOLVE
"LETS BE GRATEFUL" and "YOU ARE..." pictures both by Lady Bella
Picture of Emma Manis taken off her Instagram @emma.manis. Photographer @colleenmeganphotography