How To Create an Everyday Tradition

It seems like there are plenty of holidays spread throughout the year.

With hectic schedules and busy lives, it’s easy to crowd ourselves with the day to day tasks and routines.

Unfortunately, sometimes doing this pushes the art of being grateful aside. Then when the holidays or a significant event rolls around, we catch a little reminder to assess what we’ve been so fortunate to have.

Being thankful is an ongoing study, one which we must continuously practice.

The good thing is that it’s very easy to do and with a little forethought and insight it can be repeated as an everyday tradition.

Be Genuine

At the risk of overstating the obvious, true gratitude comes from a place within.

From the practice of being warm and generous towards others.

Lets move away from the “what have you done for me lately?” standpoint and practice a philosophy of “what can I do for you today?”

Be thoughtful in your words, actions, and meanings.

It’s easy to get swept up in the emotion of the day.  We all have so much going on at work, at home, and in our relationships and finances.

Being reactive to your own world means missing the opportunity to inquire about the day of those around you who you care about.

Tell Somebody

There’s no better time than now to tell someone how much they mean to you.

Of course, a holiday represents a great platform and reminder to do this, but what about the remaining 364 days?

Don’t brush aside the chance to brighten up somebody’s day or form a bond and connection that will last perhaps a lifetime.

Whether it is your customers or clients, family members, or spouse, tell them (and more importantly show them) how much they mean to you.

Help Others

I believe one of the sincerest forms of gratitude is providing a service to others.

Just as there are people around us who we look up to and admire, we are also surrounded by those who may be in need.

Making it a point to serve someone who may need a little guidance or support is a genuine way to appreciate and accept what we have ourselves.

There are many forms of servitude outside of monetary donations, like devoting our time and consideration for example.  Make it a point to provide value and quality to others each and every day.

Giving a little nudge that says, “you may like to check this out,” or “I’ve found something really special that I think might just help,” can prove to be miraculous for some.

Acknowledge the Hidden

The hidden are opportunities and the things we are so fortunate to have, but rarely think about.

We live in an era where mostly anything we could ever wish for is available at the push of a button (literally).

What about what we already have?

Are you a parent? Own your own business? Maybe it’s something as simple as the way that the sun shines in your window around 9am and brightens up your room.

Nothing is to big or small in dealing with terms of endearment.

Think about not only the possessions, but the characteristics of your current lifestyle, and your qualities and attributes that make you an individual –  it’s sincerely amazing.

Now it’s your turn… What type of things are you thankful for?  Do you take time to reflect on the “hidden”?  Who are the people in your life that you are grateful to be a part of and what are some of the things you do to express that?  We all have our own unique ways and I’d like to hear yours in the comment section below.  Also remember to Share, Tweet, and Like if you think someone else may benefit from reading this. 

 

Think alike,

Jason

[optin align=”center”]
Enjoy this? Sign up below for free updates.

[/optin]

Photo by Cia de Foto

31 thoughts on “How To Create an Everyday Tradition

  1. Fawn

    I am incredibly grateful for my husband. He inspires me to be a better person every day, but loves me exactly the way I am. Having that sort of acceptance makes for a wonderful life. I’m thankful for people like you reminding us all of what is most important in life. We spend so much of our time working but we forget that our jobs are temporary (or at least I hope to retire some day) and the time we invest into our families is what will determine how rich our latter years will be. Blogs like yours remind us of that — so thanks!

    Reply
  2. Speak Of Marriage

    Thank you for the reminders and insight.

    I agree with you that more often than not we can relegate certain habits to seasons when they should be occurring daily. Our propensity to forget the obvious often times become sources of conflict, frustration, and misundertanding in our lives. A daily practice of thankfulness – as outlined here – is a great starting point for greater wellness and wholeness.

    Reply
  3. Pingback: In the Past — Jason Anthony Group

  4. Meagan

    I totally agree with you Jason! Everyone is so busy in today’s society that it usually takes a national holiday {Thanksgiving} to remind us to be grateful & to say thank you. It’s kinda sad how swept away we get.

    I for one am grateful to my wonderful husband. He supports me & all my crazy ideas even though they change every other day. He always encourages me even if he knows it’s something I’ll end up not perusing. He helps me with our kids so that I can have extra time to work & he listens to me talk about my business although he probably has no idea what I’m talking about. He’s a great support & I try to tell him that I’m thankful for him on a regular basis. Not only telling him, but showing him as well!

    Reply
  5. Timo Kiander

    Jason,

    Awesome!

    I think that gratitude is quite often overlooked – yet it’s one of the best ways to make the other person (or yourself) happy.

    What I’m grateful for … well, my work, my family, my parents … everything I have!

    Life looks pretty darn good!

    Cheers,
    Timo

    Reply
  6. Eric T. Wagner

    Thanks Jason. You and I think alike. You’re right, it is soooo easy to just go from one day to the next without thinking of how blessed we truly are.

    Need a dose of reality? Take a trip to a 3rd world country where they’re walking barefoot for 2 miles just to get water every day. Man, that opens your eyes… and hopefully your heart.

    Great tips here Jason. Keep it up my friend… 🙂

    Eric

    Reply
    1. Jason Anthony Post author

      Appreciate the kind words, Eric. Having the right level of compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than ourselves can be very beneficial, and hopefully move more to taking action and lending a hand where need be.

      Reply
    1. Jason Anthony Post author

      Thanks, my man! Flip on your local news and there’s so much negativity and reporting of what’s going wrong in the world that it’s nice to stop and smile from time to time =)

      Reply
  7. Rana Shahbaz

    There are so many things we take it for granted. It is so important that we should appreciate and enjoy everything we have in our life.

    Life is too busy but you should not forget to enjoy the present moment.

    Reply
  8. kitty kilian

    Yup. What can I say? As a European, I am often watching American blogs with a mild l fascination. Being grateful seems like a sort of religion in the US 😉

    Of course we should help other people. So let’s get to work!

    Reply
  9. Tom Treanor

    Jason – thanks for the post. To address Kitty’s comment above, I think your post applies not just to our day-to-day life but to areas like blogging and social media. I’ve had some of my best successes practicing those types of things with my blogging peers via social media. People appreciate the impromptu LinkedIn recommendation. They appreciate the offer of help or good advice that saves their butt. Soft skills can be a strategic advantage.

    Reply
    1. Jason Anthony Post author

      Definitely, Tom. I’ve learned some great ideas and insight myself that these types of qualities are all interconnected (in our health, wealth, and love life). Personal and professional skills are really one in the same. Glad to hear from you, really enjoying your work, as well!

      Reply
  10. Peter Sandeen

    Hi Jason,

    So very true 🙂 And so damn easy to forget.

    I’m afraid not even thanksgiving (or other holidays) have any lasting impact. And I’d even doubt the sincerity of thankfulness people show on thanksgiving. There are of course exceptions but for many people holidays are a ritual, not a time to be genuinely thankful for the things that are most precious for them.

    I got married yesterday and it was a wake up call for me. Not just yesterday but the months leading up to it. My new business had taken too much of my time and when the wedding preparations “forced” me to slow down with blogging and other business activities, I found some perspective.

    Anyway, your post is certainly a good reminder for everyone 🙂

    Reply
    1. Jason Anthony Post author

      Congratulations, man! You’re right, Peter. The lasting effect even when the holidays can be brought into question on some level. Great to hear from you and, shouldn’t you be on your honeymoon by now? Go have some fun 🙂

      Reply
  11. Ryan Hanley

    Jason,

    I like your thoughts on being Genuine. Genuine is a characteristic often overlooked but honestly one of the most powerful personal characteristics a person can have.

    It’s a simple as giving someone your undivided attention even if for just a moment and responding honestly.

    Great posts bro.

    Ryan H.

    Reply
  12. Annika

    Really important points you’ve highlighted here, Jason. I especially like that you mentioned including a nudge that communicates our intention. Instead of simply forwarding a blog post or tweeting a book recommendation, I think the sentiment lands so much more effectively when we state our intention for that resource to be supportive in x ways or to help that person gain a new perspective on the situation they’re dealing with.

    It may seem like an unnecessary addition, but I find it changes the whole tone of the conversation and can also hugely influence whether the person actually buys the book or reads the blog post.

    Sharing our thoughts/feelings like this shows the other person that we value and respect them enough to reveal ourselves (and our care for them) and that’s a winner every time.

    Reply
    1. Jason Anthony Post author

      Absolutely, I think adding a little extra when it comes to sharing your thoughts and feelings goes a very long way. Excellent insight, Annika! Thank you.

      Reply
  13. Tisha Agarwal

    Thanks for the great reminder Jason!

    Your article reminded me of a motto I always follow – To be happier in life, learn to give in a relationship and not expect things in return. If it is meant to be, it will be reciprocated. Expectations make things worse and in the end you will always feel unhappy no matter how much it is reciprocated.

    I am extremely grateful for everything in my life and everyone who has enriched my life. We get so caught up in our everyday life that we forget to step back and show our gratitude.

    Reply
    1. Jason Anthony Post author

      You’re welcome, Tisha! I think expectations can make things worse only when they don’t line up properly, or aren’t discussed (in a relationship). But yes, giving without expecting in return is a sign of true servitude.

      Reply
  14. Pingback: [BLOCKED BY STBV] URL

  15. Pingback: [BLOCKED BY STBV] Finding and Expressing True Gratitude

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *