The holidays are behind us. A new year is ahead of us. And who’s here with us – through it all? GIRLFRIENDS!
Today we’re celebrating our final day in our 12 Days of Friendship – spread over the Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years holidays. We’re unwrapping our final present – the gift of girlfriend gratitude.
My girlfriend Jill and I had this conversation recently while hanging out at the dog park. Why is it that we generally gravitate to what is wrong in our lives? Why do we focus on the things we don’t have rather than the blessings of all the things we do have? Why do we overlook the joy to mainly see the struggle and perhaps injustice in our world?
It’s unfortunate but true – we don’t feel near as blessed as we should. And to do so, we have to intentionally look at the positive things in our life – like how our friends support, courage and inspire us.
So, for this final day of our 12 Days of Friendship, we’re being more intention with our girlfriend gratitude. We’re focusing on being more appreciative of our friendships and thankful for the wonder women in our world. Because …
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward
Now is a perfect time, being the New Year, to resolve to be a better friend and to make the coming year the year we really, REALLY appreciate our friends.
How can we make this shift in our thinking? How can we seriously change our ways of seeing the glass as half empty? Can we learn to express our gratitude, to show it in our deeds as well as words? Here’s a few of our ideas – please add yours in the comments!
1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL – Everyday write down one friend for whom you’re thankful. List a few of her qualities that make her a wonderful woman and a fabulous friend. Include some of your special memories with her. And, if you’d really like to be a better friend, drop her a line, give her a call, share on Facebook why you’re thankful for her. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be to go back through your journal at the end of the year and review all the people who bless your life?! Wow. Try it!
2. FACEBOOK IT – Share one thing you’re thankful for everyday on your Facebook update. My personal Facebook status update for today: “THANKFUL for a warm home (and a sweet cat to warm my lap).” And our Girlfriendology update: “THANKFUL for my Accountability Girlfriends – @jwestwood & @kristaneher. Who are you thankful for? #GirlfriendGratitude” Your friends will start to see the pattern of sharing gratitude. Who knows?! It could catch on and we could have a whole Facebook-nation expressing and feeling appreciation on a regular basis. What positive energy could we create if we all were more thankful?! Wow!
3. WRITE NOTES – When was the last time you got a card in the mail (holiday cards excluded!) where a friend just sent you LOVE or a note that they’re THINKING OF YOU?! That they thought to do that made your day – didn’t it?! Why not be the kind of friend that sends a card (like these greeting cards by SARK – sending them LOVE) to cheer her up and tell her how much she means to you? She’ll love it and you’ll love being the thoughtful friend who practices girlfriend gratitude.
4. START A GIRLFRIEND TRADITION – Being around your friends will definitely up your awareness of how much they mean to you. Be the leader – get the girls together! Plan a regular time/way to meet up with your friends. It could be a Book Club or Happy Hour group. You could volunteer together every month or walk together every Saturday. Just get it started! Don’t wait – you’re missing out on the fun of creating great memories with your girlfriends![Tweet “What other ways do you express your Girlfriend Gratitude?”]
What other ways do you express your Girlfriend Gratitude? How can we focus more on the positive things in our life? Share!
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