November is the traditional month for expressing gratitude and thankfulness. Many may be grateful for luxuries such as an expensive vacation, the latest fashion in clothing, or sparkly jewelry. I often remind myself to be grateful for simple things such as a warm house, good food, and having enough. A humble gratitude.
Sure, housework is a daily chore, but I’m grateful I have a house to
clean and don’t lack the energy to do it. My washer and dryer are small enough to necessitate daily laundry, but I'm grateful I don’t have to go to a laundromat. Tending the garden takes time, but I’m able to grow fruits and vegetables to supplement our weekly groceries.
And when I’m ready to relax for the day, I have my furry friend to curl up with. I’m grateful I can afford vet bills.
looked into what others consider humble gratitude and found most
references were rooted in religion. Psychology also offers great insight
and definition. This image was especially helpful in describing many
aspects of simple gratitude.
This beautiful image I recently saw on Facebook depicts humble gratitude. Appreciating the seemingly small things like those mentioned above bring us joy when they are not overlooked.
If you’d like to practice humble gratitude, the site Master Your Mind can get you started with three simple steps:
1. Acknowledge what you have
2. Express thanks
3. Take action by volunteering, donating to charity, or doing something nice for someone
So this month when we focus on gratefulness, we should remember not to overlook things that are often taken for granted.
|AI Art depicting humble gratitude created with DALL-E|