Tips on being grateful during the holidays

As we move closer to the end of a challenging year, we must still remember to give thanks! More specifically, take time out to be grateful for what we have today. Imagine every blessing to be ignited flames of joy that radiate peace from within. Now, close your eyes and give thanks! If you find yourself struggling sometimes, and we all do, here are a few helpful tips:

Don’t worry, be happy

Remember the 1988 song, Don’t Worry, Be Happy, by Bobby McFerrin? This song was a classic! If you haven’t heard it in a while, play it, and sing along. The words are very simple, meaningful, and uplifting Here are a couple of verses. “In every life, we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double, don’t worry be happy.” The moral of the story, be content in your now, and don’t worry, be happy! 




Words of inspiration 

A great way to energize your day is to spend a few minutes of your day listening to an inspirational speaker. There are many to choose from. Some have published books online and CDs, too. What’s trending for me? Les Brown. If you’re looking for a good book, check out his book, Live Your Dreams. 

Visual reminders

The primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and lack of mindful awareness. Therefore, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude. Some visual reminders include photos of loved ones, cards, and handmade gifts, to name a few. I have handwritten cards from my daughter Kamryn, that I keep in my calendar sleeve. Each time I read them, I feel overjoyed. I encourage you to select a visual reminder and place them where you can view them daily. 

In closing, I hope my tips have been helpful for you and I leave you with the following quote: 

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” ~Shauna Niequist 


Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Go Workout Fitness Center and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker. Visit her on the web at for a list of her classes. 

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