5 Things to be Grateful For

The holidays are a time for family, friends and reflection, to think of all the positives the year had to offer and be grateful for future blessings.

In yoga, each class begins and ends with an intention. The teacher brings the students into focus by becoming mindful of the breath. Students are asked to focus on an intention, something to be grateful for. These moments of gratitude build a positive mindset and are good for mental well-being.

While there are many things to be grateful for this holiday season, here are 5 things to consider adding to the list.

1. Having a job
Not everyone has a job to help with financial security. Be thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow professionally. A job provides community, a way to be financially independent and a place to improve skills.

2. Health
Physical and mental health are equally important. Keep the body physically healthy with regular exercise, staying hydrated, eating healthy food and consistently getting a good night’s sleep. Maintain good mental health by being optimistic and meditating for a few minutes each day to release stress.

3. Family and Friends
Family and friends provide support, guidance and love. Cherish these people and express gratitude to them with gifts, cards, and kind words throughout the year.

4. Growth
People grow every year, whether it’s from learning new skills, gaining more knowledge or bettering themselves. Be grateful for every opportunity for personal development.

5. Freedom
Everyone has the ability to control their own life, through decisions made and actions taken, each and every day. Freedom is not guaranteed throughout the world; be thankful for all the choices available.

Expressing thanks shouldn’t be restricted to a time of year or a yoga class, it should be a healthy habit incorporated into daily life. Starting the day with intention and gratitude will create a feeling of connection, optimism and wholeness.

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