Sadness creeps in from time-to-time.
Leaving home and moving to Eastern Canada has left me yearning for the mountains, for the pounding, unrelenting rain, for familiarity, family, and friends. I miss the essence of the west coast. Namely, I miss moist air, water, and mountains on the margins of everywhere we went. I miss the trails, the evergreens, and the mild climate.
But the essence of my upbringing was optimism. It was woven into my brothers and me. We were to acknowledge our upset and then find opportunity in our hardship.
And so I find myself in my new town.
It’s cold, flat, and unfamiliar.
But the sun shines every single day.
There are a warmth and genuineness in the people here that is unlike any other town I’ve lived in. The city holds the history of my whole country. And, Autumn here is unlike anything I’ve seen. A city who is otherwise understated becomes ostentatious with the vibrant colours of Fall. It is beautiful. Our home is wonderful. Being raised in a family where a spirit of gratitude was constantly encouraged has been instrumental in my transition. Here are 8 ways I’ve learned to find happiness when I’m feeling lonely have found help promote gratitude.
Start your day off by writing down 3 small wins
This idea came from Motherhood & Merlot. Simply, she prompted me to start writing down three small things I’m proud of or grateful for every morning. It takes next-to-no time. Sometimes, I can’t help but write down more. It is such a nice start to my day.
Unplug and get present
Social media and my smartphone can make me feel really connected, but they can also make me feel like I’m missing out on events I may otherwise be a part of and, on the best of days, it can make me feel frantic. By eliminating distractions and focusing in on the present moment, I can truly find beauty in what is before me.
Get outside and exercise
Fresh air makes me feel revitalized. Exercising and being exposed to daylight increase serotonin levels. When I’m out for a run, not only do I find I’m able to take in the beauty of nature more than usual, but it also provides a chance to introspect, identify emotions I haven’t fully acknowledged and/ or mentally work through issues I have had.
Say thank-you often
Of course, “Thank you” only should only be said genuinely. When I say thank you and make a point of saying it as frequently as possible, it makes me appreciate the small things more. And, it is such a simple way to promote gratitude.
Fake it till you make it
Faking a smile, though not genuine, actually leads to overall feelings of happiness. Psychological research has demonstrated changes in our facial expressions have an impact on our mood. Read more here.
Discuss your favourite parts of the day at the dinner table
There is nothing that makes me appreciate life more than the perspectives of my children. My daughter’s favourite aspects of her day are heartwarming. My two-year-old son’s can be anywhere from sweet to utterly ridiculous. But we end up laughing either way! This practice ends up being a wonderful way to celebrate their accomplishments in a different way than simply saying, “Good job!”
Participate in a gratitude challenge with your kids
Make this your mantra
Below is my all-time favourite quote and has such a huge impact on my perceptions when I’m feeling less than grateful.
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