On day 46 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how to receive gifts with a grateful heart.
As silly as it may sound, giving gifts has always been easier for me than receiving them.
I love the way giving feels, whether or not I receive recognition or gratitude. There have been plenty of times that I’ve given anonymously and I’ve still felt the same sense of heartfelt warmth.
Even when I was little I enjoyed giving gifts, wrapping up my toys and giving them to friends.
But receiving gifts, for whatever reason, has been tough. Why? Because the moment I receive something, I immediately begin thinking about how I can return the gesture – which is like sending a thank you note for a thank you note. Our need to reciprocate kindness can get in the way of our own joy.
When we take time to truly accept gifts with a grateful heart we invite positivity into our lives. We can then begin to focus more on what’s good in our life and less on our challenges.
This Valentine’s Day I decided to take more time than usual appreciating my husband’s gift to me: a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It was difficult at first, but eventually I was able to welcome the emotions the gift was meant to evoke: love, respect, and happiness.