Each and every year has it's blessings and each and every year has it's challenges. What were your blessings? How can you pay homage to the blessings you received this year? Was it a friend? Was it a group? Was it your partner? Perhaps it's not one particular thing or event..but a continued thread that was pulled through your life.
It seems everywhere we turn, we see reminders for gratitude. While the above may sound deeply reflective, it doesn't need to be. The point is, every relationship we have needs to feel appreciated. I recently expressed to my husband that I was grateful for the ability to discuss differences we were having. I regularly appreciate the fact that while we may not agree on certain things, that we don't yell, raise voices and call names. A few weeks ago, I appreciated my son for taking in feedback without being defensive. "You know what I appreciate about you? The fact you're not defensive if I give you feedback" His reply? "Thanks Mom, I know you have my best interest at heart."
How do you "catch" the good stuff in the moment? It starts with awareness.. being conscious in the moment. What if the moment passed and you didn't catch it? There's no time like now.. "Remember yesterday when you......?" "I really appreciated it when you... " or I really appreciated when we...."
Set a goal, to find at least two things you notice and can be verbally grateful for this week. How does it feel? How did your partner, friend, child or co-worker respond?