Be Thankful – The Difference Real Estate

Be Thankful! The Difference Real Estate recognizes the importance of extending thankfulness and being thankful for all that is entrusted to us on a daily basis. We also recognize that many people remember Thanksgiving as the season for sharing what you’re grateful for with your loved ones. Many parents who have children with special needs or situations where the family needs help in some way, have trouble this time of year as the social situations can be overwhelming in numerous ways. No matter what it is, it is important for all to recognize this and beware of these moments in time to make a difference and lend a helping hand if you can. You can make a difference in their lives in an unlimited amount ways.

Here at The Difference Real Estate, we have so much to be thankful for, especially the families who we help every day. We  have compiled a few of our best ways to be thankful and recognize what we have to be thankful for.  

Gobble up to and get ready for an inspiring happy life. It will make The Difference in your family too!  

It’s been proven that the act of showing gratitude can lead to a happier, more fulfilling life.  The power of showing thanks lies in changing your internal focus from one of negativity (where you focus on the things you DON’T have) to one of positivity (where you focus on the things you DO have).  However, expressing appreciation for the things in your life is often easier said than done, especially on a bad day.  Please read on for 10 simple ways to incorporate more gratitude into your day-to-day life.  It will make The Difference in someones else life too! 

10 Simple Ways to Be Thankful:

  1. Keep a journal.  A few times a week, take a moment and record five things for which you’re grateful in your journal. If you can not come up with five, your not paying attention to your life.  Take time to look back periodically at what you’ve written to note the recurring themes.
  2. Take in the Moment.  In our rushed lives, it’s easy to always be somewhere else: on your phone, thinking of your to-do list, daydreaming, etc…Instead of shifting your attention away from the moment, bring it back.  For example, if you’re with your child, really watch what she/he is trying to show or tell you.  Stop what your doing and give a few minutes to them or someone else.   
  3. Meditate.  To help you be more mindful of each moment in your life, incorporate a regular mediation practice into your day.  Five minutes a day is all you need to begin to be more aware of your thought patterns.
  4. Find the Silver Lining.  Be grateful for the events that don’t seem so great on the surface.  Did you mess up at work?  Be grateful for the opportunity to learn.  Help others, they will not ask you for help most of the time.  Ask them if you can lend a hand.  In Northern Michigan, maybe you and your child could help someone stack firewood.  The person you helped will remember that forever and be grateful. Not to mention the little one who is very happy they are making a difference.  There is so much that we can do to make someone’s life a easier.   It is worth it!     
  5. Take Care of Yourself.  It’s easier to feel good about your family and life in general  when you feel good.  Stay active and eating a more healthy diet should not be underestimated.
  6. Make Gratitude a Family Affair.  Create a family ritual where you and the family, share a few things you appreciated from your day.  The dinner table is a great place to do this. What is everyone thankful for or what does someone need help with.   
  7. Help Someone Else.  Volunteering is a natural mood booster.  Helping others is a great way to get out of your own head and to focus on other people’s needs.  Volunteer experiences can also help you see that others struggle more than you do and that you should be grateful for what you have. No matter what is going on, someone is going through more difficult times at that time. Be thankful it is not worse than it is.
  8. Give Bedtime Thanks.  Take time before falling asleep to reflect on the event, person or place for which you were most grateful that day.  Some people do this in the form of a prayer.  Simply reflecting on the topic of appreciation in your mind works as well. Sleep well my friends.  
  9. Share it with the World!  Did you enjoy the cookies your co-worker baked?  Let them know!  Were you surprised your son or daughter made their bed?  Make sure they know how you feel about that responsibility.  Sharing gratitude with others is a boost for you and for them.
  10. Believe It.  You better believe it, there is power in an attitude of gratitude.  When you do, you’ll find it in more and more places.

It is the little things that really make THE DIFFERENCE!  There is no harm in making someone else’s day easier, only good can come from that. They will be thankful for you!   

Now back to that wood pile, if you are struggling with the decision to help someone stack the wood or watch a football game this season.  There really is only one choice.