Practising gratitude on a daily basis is a great for our minds. Gratitude allows us to intentionally shift our focus onto the positive aspects of our lives, which helps us to raise our positive energy and make us feel good.
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.”
– ROY T. BENNETT
5 Simple and Effective Ways You Can Practise Gratitude
1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Writing a few sentences in a gratitude journal each day, is a great way to intentionally shift your thoughts on the good things that have happened to you. It’s a great way to push yourself to think about all the good things you are grateful for that day. It can be anything from the food you ate, the home you live in, family and friends, to name a few.
2. PRACTISE GRATITUDE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Taking a few minutes every morning to mindfully practise gratitude is a great way to start the day. You can do this whilst getting ready, brushing your teeth or whilst having breakfast. Find things you are grateful for by simply looking around you. For instance you could start by saying the following; I am grateful for the warm drink and the food on the table, I am grateful for this time to myself, I am grateful for the beautiful sunrise, I am grateful for my warm home, I am grateful for my health, I am grateful for the wonderful birds I can hear etc.
3. HAVE MORE POSITIVE CONVERSATIONS
When we get together with family or friends we sometimes find ourselves complaining or discussing negative topics and before we know it we are spiralling our thoughts and energy into the negative zone. It’s good to talk about things that are bothering you and a great way to balance this out is by talking about the things you are grateful for and the good things that have happened to you. When you have positive conversations you will immediately feel the shift in energy and also feel good when the conversation finishes.
A great way to encourage positive conversations is to talk about the highlights in your day/week. A few minutes in your day or week is all it takes. To make it more fun you can make it into a quick fire question game, for instance tell me two things that made you feel good and give the highlight of your week. We believe this is a fun and enjoyable way to practise gratitude and raise our positive vibes.
4. SAYING THANK YOU
The power of saying thank you is quite often underrated. It’s a great way to show gratitude and at the same time mindfully practising gratitude. For instance, thank you for helping me, thank you for holding the door open, thank you for making me dinner, thank you for supporting me, thank you for being a great friend. It’s a great way to acknowledge gratitude in that moment.
5. PRACTISE APPRECIATION
We often get so busy and stressed with our daily lives that one of the things we don’t practise often enough is appreciation. Appreciation is a great way to practise gratitude, as it acknowledges the value of someone or something. It’s a simple gesture of thanks and a great way for you to express how grateful you are for them. by practising this method of gratitude will make the receiver feel much appreciated. Gratitude of appreciation can be expressed in multiply ways from treating someone to lunch, a thank you card, buying a drink, making dinner etc. It could be a work colleague, family, friend or even someone who has just gone out of their way to help you. It’s always nice to give back and a great way to express how grateful you are for their help.
With gratitude always
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