The Art of Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving. For many that means time spent with family around a table filled with an assortment of food. Even if you’re working a shift today, there’s probably some form of a potluck happening. All of that is great, but let us not forget to spend at least a few minutes giving thanks for everything we have in our lives.


We live in the fast-paced world the focuses on immediate gratification. We want everything right this second. Anything that takes longer than that is simply an inconvenience. I think part of that contributes to our lack of taking 5 minutes out of the day to reflect back on everything we have in our lives. Yes, we tend to focus more on this when Thanksgiving rolls around, but what about the other 364 days of the year?


Gratitude is something that can help enhance your mood, and help you truly appreciate everything you have. Best of all, you don’t have to spend an hour mediating each day to achieve it. Try this little 5-minute practice each morning when you get up. Better yet, keep a journal handy to write it all down in.


Step 1: Find a quiet place (Again, it’s best to do this right when you wake up)

Step 2: Write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for that morning. It could be something as simple as your morning cup of coffee.

Step 3: Spend a few minutes thinking about how appreciative you are for having these things in your life.


These steps seem simple, and they are, but they can do wonders for your mood. You start the day off on the right foot, being grateful for everything that you have. Try it for a week and see how it helps improve how you feel each morning. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters, police, EMS, and military personnel. He is a personal trainer, strength & conditioning specialist, full-time firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. Join the movement to ensure all emergency responders are physically and mentally prepared to face the challenges in their day brings by following Max Fortitude Fitness on Facebook.