It’s safe to say that we all have stuff we’d like to change in the world — and in our lives. Like A LOT. And we should absolutely go out there and change and grow and speak our minds and make the world a better place. FOR SURE. But, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t also take a little time now and again to reflect on what we do have. Or the ways in which the world is beautiful. And just how amazing our bodies and this human experience is.
Because for every negative news story, there’s a positive one.
And we can choose to see the good, even when shit is bad. And that helps give us the energy to go out and do the stuff we need to do. Like be kind — kind to ourselves, kind to others.
Which is exactly why now is a great time to go on a gratitude run.
What’s a Gratitude Run?
It’s pretty much exactly as it sounds. Go out for your usual run. (Best if you can run outdoors, but you can also do this on a treadmill.) Except, leave your earbuds at home. Instead, really pay attention to everything around you: the air, the smells, the sights, how every single part of your body feels as it moves.
Then, with each couple of steps, think of something you’re grateful for. They can be big, important things or itty bitty things that bring you joy or comfort.
Here’s a few to get you started:
- People (and animals) you love: Just think of ALL the people and pets you love (and have loved)!
- Your body: There are so many things it does — thank it for all of ’em.
- Your surroundings: Everything in your home, everything in nature, every trip you’ve ever taken, everything you see or have seen!
- Food and drink: Lots of delicious options here. We’re looking at you, dark roast coffee (and even light roast coffee).
- Your soul: What aspects of yourself would your loved ones say are your best? Thank yourself for all of those.
That’s it! See how long you can run without repeating one. We bet you can get through your whole run, and tomorrow’s run and the one after that … !
Check in With Yourself
After your run, do a quick check-in. How does your body feel? How does your soul feel? Do you have more energy? Do you feel lighter? End your run with a huge THANK YOU to yourself for going on a gratitude run in the first place. Because you know what? Endorphins are the best — but paired with gratitude, they’re even better.
Have you gone on a gratitude run? How did it make you feel? Tell us! I’ve found that this is seriously the best way to turn a bad day around. —Jenn