What Are You Thankful For?
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It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is this Thursday! This year has absolutely flown by for the Frugal Rules family. I don’t know about you, but it can be a challenge during the busiest times to sit back and reflect on what is going on in your life.
This has always been a struggle of mine. I get wrapped up in the moment, what I have to get done and give little regard to what has happened. As Mrs. Frugal Rules would say, it’s my “task mode.” Long story short, it can be difficult to be thankful during those times because you feel like you’re on an unending treadmill and you won’t let yourself get off.
We focus on that feeling or that moment and think we have little to nothing to be thankful for. Even in the worst of times, I refuse to believe that to be true.
Stop, Reflect and Give Thanks
I know it’s cliché. It’s Thanksgiving and we’re “supposed” to be thankful. Don’t just go through the motions. Rather, take time to sit back and reflect. Reflect over what has happened over the course of the past week, month and year to look over what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve struggled with and where you’re going. If you’re like me, it can be a struggle to do this when there are distractions that can garner attention. I have to choose to turn those off to truly reflect on things.
Make it a common practice, not one that ends after you collapse on the couch in a food induced coma after sidling up to the Thanksgiving feast. Not that there’s anything wrong with that as I’ll likely be doing that myself. 😉
Studies show a thankful attitude can be good for your physical and mental health. I also believe such a practice can help you be true with yourself so you can identify where you want to be in life.
With that in mind, today’s post is short and sweet. No talk about money. Only an encouragement to reflect on what you’re thankful for and a challenge to continue with that mindset on some sort of semi-regular basis. Oh, and a short list from me of some of the things I am most thankful for right now:
- I’m thankful for my awesome wife and kids
- I’m thankful that everyone in my family is all relatively healthy
- I’m thankful for the freedom of being able to travel when we like
- I’m thankful that in spite of my current busyness I enjoy working for myself
- I’m thankful to live in a country where I can believe what I want to believe
- I’m thankful for challenges causing me to grow as a business owner
- I’m thankful for being able to max out our 401(k)s this year
Also, as a means to encourage others I’d like for you to share in the comments section what you’re thankful for recently. It can be money related, it can be non-money related, it can be whatever you want it to be. 🙂
John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.
Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.
Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.