While the focus of Financial Woman is providing investment education, the simple theme of gratitude is such a powerful one within the context of money. If you are reading this article, chances are that you have a lot for which to be grateful, because you probably own a computer, have electricity and an internet connection. I always look forward to my Thanksgiving article because I know I get to encourage financial women to celebrate gratitude.
Several years ago I began writing in a journal 5 things for which I was grateful from that day just before I turned out the lights. What a great practice to end the day; it’s one that will leave your mind in a better place as you snuggle into the covers for a peaceful night’s sleep. When it comes to money, so many investors, (remember; if you have any money at all stashed away YOU are an investor!) have a much greater focus on fear around money than gratitude. Feelings of gratitude, however, lead us to better decisions than feelings of fear. Better decisions then lead us to more successful investing.
Sometimes I am too tired to write my “5 gratefuls” when I finally collapse into bed, but what I have learned is that I sleep so much better, and awake happier, when I do. There are times when I have had an especially challenging day, and I don’t even want to feel grateful. (Ever had one of those times where you want to stay focused on what went wrong because you are so angry or upset?) I realize that I am truly blessed more than many others in this world, and there are a thousand things I could write on my gratitude list, such as my warm bed, that I live in a safe and peaceful place, that I had plenty of good food that day, or the ability to even write my list. I immediately feel more grateful and empowered about my life.
Next week is the perfect week for you to begin focusing on gratitude and abundance! As you celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, consider having each person at your table name one or several things for which they are truly grateful before beginning that bounteous meal. If you are not in the U.S., please join us in celebrating gratitude wherever you are. Financial women everywhere know that gratitude is a significant part of an abundant life.