5 Ways To Show Thanks, Love & Gratitude

5 Ways To Show Thanks, Love & Gratitude

I don’t consider myself a spiritual teacher, just a guy blessed with the gift of connecting with souls who have passed over. People have always called me an old soul, and that’s not surprising! As you can probably imagine, I’ve picked up a few pieces of timeless wisdom from my friends on the other side.

I can tell the holidays are getting closer because Alexa is starting to look up recipes, and my family keeps calling asking what the dinner plans are. When Alexa and I first met, we started taking over the holidays. Our families are both small and before we met each other, our parents never did anything big. Alexa’s parents are divorced and my Dad was away in the navy when I was growing up so Thanksgiving to us was just like any other family meal. We decided to change all of that. Every year we host both families at our house, decorate the table with fancy and festive décor and cook all week long. We turned our family into a modern day italian brady bunch. 

Thanksgiving for us includes the traditional turkey and sides, along with –you guessed it – pasta and lasagna! Did I mention we’re Italian?

Why am I telling you this – to make you hungry?

Nope. I want to remind you of something really important that comes up over and over when I do my readings.

The importance of being grateful for your life and the people you love.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone in Spirit say “I wish I’d appreciated the good things in my life” or saw someone in my audience crying because they never let their mom know how much they loved her when she was alive – well, I’d have enough money for those Gucci loafers I’ve had my eye on!

Life is short. You know that – we all do. But what can you do to make sure that you make the most of the time you have? I want you to add a helping of gratitude to go with the turkey, and lasagna, this thanksgiving!

 

Here are five ideas to try :

  • Write a little card or note to everyone in your family and slip it to them when you get together. Let them know how much you love them and what makes them so special to you. Share a memory that you cherish.

 

  • Be “in the moment” when you’re with the people you love. People always wish they’d spent more time with grandma or listened closer to grandpa’s stories after it’s too late. Do yourself a favor, don’t wait till your loved ones are gone to appreciate them. Ask them questions, write down their special recipes, give them a hug and tell them you love them.

 

  • Don’t put off enjoying your own life till tomorrow. Take a chance, take the vacation with the kids, eat that cheesecake, adopt a kitten. There’s never going to be a perfect time, so make today count. Life is a gift, so say “Thank You” and appreciate it.

 

  • Be generous with everything – your time, your money, and your words. Smile and chat with the people in line at the grocery store. Make friends with everyone. Being kind, helpful and positive makes every day better for you, and the people around you.

 

  • When you’re feeling worried or overwhelmed, make a list of people and things that you’re grateful for. No matter how sad you are or how dark life feels, there’s always something beautiful around you. You just have to open your eyes and see it. It might be a sunset, or your girlfriends smile, or an act of kindness.

 

When your heart is full of gratitude, there’s not much room for sadness and worry. If you’re mourning the loss of someone you love, take a few minutes to remember the good times, and send some love to them in Heaven, thanking them for the good times you shared.

I’m sending you my very best wishes for this holiday season and every single day of the year. I’m so grateful to have you as part of the Matt Fraser community! I hope you will watch out new TV show Meet The Frasers and invite us into your living room. Meet The Frasers Premiers on Jan 13th, 2020 on E! Entertainment.

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The Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude

How much time do you put aside to give thanks on Thanksgiving?

When you get past the turkey and stuffing and pie, Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. When you take a moment give thanks for the good things in your life, you’ll be surprised how that makes you feel. Even when things seem sad and nothing seems to be going your way, the act of looking around for things to be thankful for makes everything seem brighter.

I have a friend who writes out ten things she’s grateful for each day. “It helps me remember what’s important,” she told me. She texts her list to friends, and they text their lists to her. Her list isn’t complicated. She’s grateful for her home, for her cats, her friends, the fact that her car starts up every morning – even in the snow. Simple, everyday things that make all the difference.

“When I look at that list, it reminds me to be happy,” she says. “And my friends’ lists inspire me too.”

Some people keep gratitude journals and write out their lists every day. Whatever method you use, a gratitude list can be an uplifting way to start or end each day. And sharing it with a friend makes it even better. If you want to have a bigger impact, how about putting a gratitude list out on social media and challenge your internet friends to do the same. What a great thing to look forward to reading!

Another great way to remember to be grateful is to tell another person how much they mean to you. Moms get cards on Mother’s Day, but how about sending a card on a regular Tuesday? Or maybe just make a call to say, “Mom, I appreciate you.”

If you’ve lost your Mom, take a moment to do an activity you used to share together, or call someone who loved her too and take some time to talk about your happy memories. Be grateful for the love that you experienced when she was alive, and say a prayer of thanks to her for watching over you from Heaven.

If you have children in your life, help them learn to be grateful too. You’re never too young to appreciate what you have. A client told me she was looking for a way to help her young children cope with losing their father to cancer. “We all needed something positive in our lives. I admit that I needed it as much as they did. We started making a gratitude list for every letter of the alphabet. At the end, we were even grateful for x-rays and zebras. It made us laugh and really turned things around.”

When you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, it can seem almost impossible to find things to be grateful for. Thanksgiving Day can be especially hard because it is a day when extended family gathers together. If you start feeling sad, remind yourself that your grief is a reflection of your love, and love is always a blessing. That’s a good place to start.

When there is an empty chair at the Thanksgiving table, sharing happy memories of your loved one can help ease the pain of loss. Set out their favorite holiday dish, their favorite dessert, and have everyone share it in their memory. You know they are around you, happy to be with you, celebrating your joys with you. Find a way to connect and invite those beloved souls in heaven to be part of your special day.

Gratitude can be the key to overcoming loss and turning tough things around for the better. On Thanksgiving, and every day, remember to ask yourself the question, “What are you grateful for today?”

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