September 21st, 2019

First celebrated in 1965 and later officially adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group, ‘World Appreciation Day’ is recognised each year to show appreciation for all things, big and small. Living a grateful life is like any other habit. It takes time to cultivate positive actions and attitudes into our daily lives. But, with commitment, you wake up one morning and realise that you see all the good around you.

Consider these ways to celebrate:

  1. Appreciate Your Family  – We are all different but have grown to be part of this world from the same ‘tree of love’. Take a moment to pause and give thanks to your family members for all the good they bring into your life. Tell your siblings how you appreciate the support they give, tell your spouse how it feels to be loved. Tell your kids how proud you are of them. Give the dog an extra treat and say thank you for the lessons of unconditional love only an animal can give.
  2. Appreciate the Positives of Being Connected: We see and hear about the negatives with social media but like anything in life, it is about choice. You can choose to have your social media messaging be a voice of positivity. Start now. Compliment others, share links for those people or businesses that go the extra mile and post pictures of the beauty of nature. Make the choice to send out a positive ripple.
  3. Be Thankful for Your Community: Think about what would happen if we all made a point of saying a heartfelt thank you every time someone made a difference in your community? What are you losing from giving away gratitude? What does your cynicism give you? Give thanks to the people who perform duties that keep us safe and make our lives easier. And beyond that, give thanks to the volunteers and countless people who give of themselves with no expectation of recognition or thanks. Where would we be without them?
  4. Give Yourself a Little Love: Give thanks for each breath, each heartbeat. Whoever told you that you had to be perfect? So, let it go. Love yourself. Perhaps decide to reframe what you once perceived as a flaw. It might be a physical attribute or mental trait – you choose. Give thanks today for your life, even the broken bits. You are beautiful.

The world is flawed. So are we. No one person has the power to change it. But we can change our piece of the world, we can change our internal conversations, and we can improve our positivity. By giving thanks each day, we  remind ourselves and each other that goodness is never far away.

Recognize the perfection in the imperfection. Give thanks for another day to feel the wind on your face and the air in your lungs.