6 Tips to being Grateful on Memorial Day and Beyond

Memorial Day is more than just a long weekend and the beginning of feeling the summer vibes. It’s a time for reflection, remembrance, and gratitude.

Gratitude is defined as the expression of appreciation for what we have or receive. Some research shows that practicing gratitude and incorporating it in our daily lives helps us to build and maintain quality relationships, enhance our physical, emotional and mental health, reduce feelings of frustration, have better sleep, build resilience, and enhance our self-esteem.  

In some cases, gratitude can play a role in a person’s ability to regulate and identify certain emotions. It has been said that when we feel grateful about something, we tend to handle that specific part of life with more awareness and care.  This is because negative thinking prevents us from feeling gratitude. The more you allow positive thinking to take over, the less space there is for negative thoughts and the more gratitude is felt. You’re likely wondering now how to stop the negative thinking and increase positive thoughts. Below are daily practices to help. Additionally hypnosis or hypnotherapy is a fast and ingraining way to naturally begin thinking positively.

Gratitude elicits feelings of warmth and positive emotions like love and happiness – which is one way to know we’re genuinely grateful. 

I often find myself asking what I am grateful for every day as to not take things for granted and it’s important to “stop and smell the roses” from time to time. 

As we pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country, we can also embrace positive thinking and cultivate a mindset of gratitude and joy. This can also be done by sharing precious moments with family and friends at BBQ’s and other summer gatherings. 

Get ready to infuse this meaningful holiday with an uplifting spirit using any of the following tips listed below!

  1. Reflecting on Sacrifice and Embracing Gratitude: Memorial Day reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices made by our military personnel. It’s an opportunity to pause and reflect on the selflessness and courage demonstrated by those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. To cultivate gratitude, take a moment towrite down or share with others three things you’re grateful for. Reflect on how these blessings have been made possible by the sacrifices of our fallen heroes. 
  2. Celebrate Memories and Stories: During this holiday weekend, it is an excellent time to honor the memories and stories of those who served. Reach out to family members, friends, or neighbors who have military connections. Ask them to share anecdotes and stories about their loved ones who served. These personal conversations not only help preserve their legacies but also deepen our appreciation for their contributions. By celebrating their lives, we can find joy in the memories they’ve left behind. 
  3. Engage in Acts of Kindness: One powerful way to embody the spirit of gratitude is by performing acts of kindness. Extend a helping hand to a veteran, military family, or someone in need. Offer to mow a neighbor’s lawn, deliver a meal, or write a heartfelt thank-you note to a service member. Acts of kindness not only uplift others but also create a ripple effect of positivity and gratitude in our communities.
  4. Memorialize with Positive Remembrance: While Memorial Day can be somber for some people, we can choose to remember our fallen heroes with a positive mindset and through celebration of their lives. Instead of dwelling solely on the loss, focus on the qualities and values they embodied. This can be done through sharing stories that highlight their kindness, bravery, or sense of humor. By shifting our perspective to positive remembrance, we honor their memory while finding joy in their legacies.
  5. Embrace the Outdoors: Memorial Day weekend offers the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and find joy in the beauty that surrounds us. Spend time outdoors with loved ones, whether it’s a picnic in the park, enjoying a hike or bike ride, or even enjoying a day at the beach. Engaging with nature allows us to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy and the wonders of the world. Take a moment to bask in the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and cultivate gratitude for the world we live in.
  6. Practice Mindfulness and Positive Thinking: Last but not least, Memorial Day can serve as a reminder to embrace a mindset of positive thinking. Throughout the day, practice mindfulness by being fully present in each moment. Of course, this might be easier said than done but that’s why starting with these small steps can make a difference. Start by noticing the small joys, like the laughter of loved ones, the taste of delicious food, the yummy aroma of coffee or the beauty of a sunset. Train your mind to focus on the positives, even in challenging times. By fostering positive thinking, we cultivate gratitude, joy, and resilience.

If you’d like to learn effective strategies to stay motivated and achieve positive thinking, Hypnosis in NYC.  Want to balance and recharge your mind and body, come see us and treat yourself to relaxing Reiki sessions.  And, to continue practicing gratitude, learn how to meditate at Self Empowered Minds. Self Empowered Minds is here to help you strengthen your mind, empower the positive beliefs you have, and help rebuild new patterns in the brain to support healthier habits. Our services support you in the best way possible so you may fill your life to the brim with love, happiness, family, friends, health, wealth, gratitude, and joy. 

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