At this point it is no secret that gratitude has been fully adopted by the wellness world as a strategy for reducing stress, cultivating joy, and helping to improve relationships.
Practices of gratitude also commonly make lists aimed at reducing burnout and improving workplace satisfaction.
Common suggestions include things like gratitude journals, listing things you are grateful for, or sharing moments of gratitude around the dinner table.
But do you ever feel that these things fall short?
I often hear from clients and my community that these practices of gratitude can start to feel dull or carry less meaning. The list tends to repeat itself on autopilot until it no longer has quite the same impact as it once did.
This holiday season I invite you to try adding a new gratitude practice to your list.
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
I love a good scavenger hunt. They are fun. Can be a little bit competitive (if that’s in your nature). And they help us to practice mindfulness and be present in the moment.
Scavenger hunts challenge us to search for things that may not be immediately visible or obvious.
Participating in a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt with your friends, family, patients, or co-workers can help strengthen your gratitude muscle and invigorate your practice by encouraging you to think outside of the proverbial box.
Spread Your Gratitude Wings
Ready to play along?
Grab your team and search for all of the things that you feel grateful for in the following categories.
What are you grateful for that…
- Makes you laugh
- Helps keep you healthy
- Is outside in nature
- Makes a beautiful sound
- Makes you feel safe
- You recently discovered or learned
- Is furry or feathered
- Tastes good
- You do with friends
- Is useful to you
- You can share
- Used to be hard
- Is in your home
- Reminds you of someone you love
- Is your favorite color
With a smaller group you can ask each individual to answer all the prompts. For a larger gathering or with a team, have each member randomly draw a category and then answer that question.
Branch out and spark some conversations about what those closest to you are grateful for this year!
As always, I would love to hear how it goes. Shoot me a message HERE and let me know what you’re grateful for this holiday season.
I am grateful for this Resilient Healthcare Families Community and all of the amazing work that you continue to do all year long!
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