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Making Gratitude Stick Beyond the Holidays

60 Second Conversation Starters about Holiday Gratitude

How do you turn a holiday mindset of gratitude into a habit that continues well into the new year and beyond?

Incorporating a habit of expressing gratitude into your daily routine may be the key to making it stick:

  • Find a Prompt — Attach a new habit to something you do on a daily basis. For instance, when was the last time you gave thanks before a meal? Gave a parent, friend or child a hug when saying goodbye following a get together? Kiss your young child or spouse before going to sleep and saying “I love you”? Gratitude can come in the simplest of actions/habits.
  • Follow your Senses — While walking the dog, washing the dishes, or brushing your teeth, focus on your five senses. Find pleasure in the simple things and appreciation for what your senses reveal.
  • See the Connection — Recognize that gratitude is about connection. It is an emotion that strengthens relationships within ourselves and with others. It reminds us of all the ways that our connections define us.

Source: Forbes Magazine

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