It’s freezing outside. You haven’t done laundry in days, your workload is out of control, and you just know you’re getting sick. You spilled your coffee on your way to work and you watched last week’s episode of This Is Us and are still struggling with a lot of emotion. (How could they do that?!)
When life becomes overwhelming, it can be hard to feel appreciative.
It can be hard to look past the negative moments that pile up each day and search for the positive.
But, let’s challenge that for a second.
This morning, your partner made you coffee in your favorite mug. Later in the day, when you were feeling overwhelmed, he texted you a quick “thinking about you!” which put a smile on your face. That evening, you got to cuddle up on the couch and watch your favorite TV show together.
When it comes to gratitude, we often get so caught up in waiting for the big stuff that we forget to pay attention to the smaller, everyday stuff that actually makes us happy.
Establishing a culture of gratitude in your relationship is one of our favorite ways small efforts can lead to huge rewards. Paying attention to the small, positive things already happening in your relationship and sharing those with your partner allows you both to feel more positive. You’ll feel more uplifted in your relationship and in your life.
Over time, the overwhelm will feel less overwhelming. The daily frustrations and “little things” will feel much less impactful.
You will feel deeply happy.
This week, we are talking about gratitude and how to integrate more positivity into your relationship. We’ll discuss:
- What is gratitude?
- How cultivating gratitude impacts us
- What can make practicing gratitude hard
- How gratitude and positivity are deeply connected
- Process-based gratitude - building more gratitude and positivity into your relationship
To make it even easier to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your relationship, download our bonus - The Couples’ Gratitude Journal Page - for a simple exercise to start integrating this daily habit right away.
SGR 002 - Getting Back to the Honeymoon Phase - One Habit at a Time
SGR 013 - When Marriage Doesn’t Feel Like A Fairy-Tale
SGR 014 - How to Make Time For Each Other When You Have No Time
SGR 020 - Surviving Thanksgiving
Short on time? Here’s a list of today’s topics and when to listen:
What is gratitude? - 3:12
How cultivating gratitude impacts us - 6:29
What can make practicing gratitude hard - 10:26
How gratitude and positivity are connected - 17:15
Process-based gratitude - 23:34
Meredith and Marina’s takeaways - 29:36