Do you remember as a child sitting around your Thanksgiving table and everyone going around and naming one thing they are thankful for? It was something you did to remind yourself of how lucky you are.
And you are lucky. We are all lucky. Perhaps not in the same ways, but everyone has good things in their life. Even when things suck, there are good things in our lives.
I just came back from a conference (I’m always striving to better myself and my business) and a speaker, Nataly Kogan from Happier talked all about happiness. Happiness comes from practicing gratitude on a daily basis.
Now, Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, right? But gratitude, which is being thankful, showing appreciation and sharing kindness is for more than just one time a year. Not only should we be practicing gratitude for ourselves, but for others as well. Just think about it…when someone appreciates you it makes you feel good. And it makes them feel good too.
Small acts of kindness really do make a difference in someone’s day. And there is a ripple effect because of it. So, share the love! Don’t be stingy in your appreciation and kindness. You have so much to be grateful for, share that with those you love. And share it often! With friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. It will make them feel good and make you happy too. How good does it feel to make someone’s day? It feels fricken awesome.
This also totally applies to your wedding. Wedding planning can be stressful and it can be easy to forget how much you have. Be thankful for all of the gifts of time, money, and love. Appreciate the help from your vendors. Be grateful for the support from your family and friends. And remember the love you have for your partner.
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Remember all of the good in your wedding and then share the love you feel. Tell your partner. Tell your guests, family, friends, and vendors. Show your gratitude for them and for what they do for you. It doesn’t have to be a big speech or a long note or an expensive gift. It doesn’t have to be this big gushy thing. The smallest, simplest acts and thoughts can mean so much. You can send a quick text or an email or a phone call.
Share your gratitude throughout the process and not just at the end. The ripple effect of love you put out into the world will come back to you and will make your whole engagement happier for everyone.
So, what’s one thing you’re grateful for in your wedding right now? And how will you share that love? Let us know in a comment below.
One thing I’m grateful for are all the couples I get to work with. They are amazing people and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of their lives.
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So, I’m sharing the love too! Here’s a gift from me – a free cheat sheet, 7 steps to planning a wedding on your own…without losing your mind. It’s totally free and will give you the steps you need to plan your wedding. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!