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Sarah Coleman: Gratitude Jar

Sarah Coleman

— A dear friend of mine has a quote that I may have shared with you all before. It goes a little something like this, "Slow down. Pay attention. Say thank you."

It pops into my head from time to time, and I am here to remind you of a task that may be challenging at times: to slow down, pay attention and say “thank you.”

In our fast-paced, multitasking, non-stop lives, it's hard to remember these simple things. So, here is your challenge, if you choose to except it.

First, slow down.

  • Go ahead and try it. Don't know how? Start with these:
  • Eat with your non-dominant hand or use chopsticks.
  • Walk or bike somewhere instead of driving.
  • Call someone and have a lovely short conversation.

Second, pay attention. I dare you.

  • Listen to a friend or co-worker without your phone in your hand.
  • Try going an entire day looking up instead of down — at your phone, your to-do list or your feet.
  • Try a driving meditation. OK, this may sound a little scary but try to notice everything around you as you drive. What do you see? Pro mode: no music or no phone.

Finally, say “thank you.” Really, say it and mean it.

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  • Start a family gratitude jar. Write down one thing each day that you are thankful for.
  • Read those together on a date of your choice.
  • Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself something positive everyday or something that you are grateful for.
  • Perform random acts of kindness for those you admire and are grateful for. Try leaving a sweet thank you note.

Good luck! This is not an easy task and may not be for everyone. Start small and encourage a friend or family member to join you. The more people you have on board, the easier it is to make a lasting change.

Have fun and make sure to get a really big jar for all the things you are thankful for. What the heck, spice it up a bit and give the jar some decorations and a name.

I am thankful for you!

Quote provided by: one of the most mindful people you know, Kristen Race.

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently the health and wellness director at The Foundry, Coleman is a personal trainer, "CrossFitter," coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A Weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone's face.