Living a life of gratitude is way more than just saying “thank you”. To practice a life of gratitude means to find ways to be grateful in everything you do and in everything around you. If you’re not sure how to do this, here are just a few ways to find opportunities to be thankful in your everyday life.
- Gratitude Journal: Treat yourself to a new journal that is dedicated to recording what you are grateful for each day. As soon as you wake, take a moment to write one thing you are grateful for in your gratitude journal. This is a great way to start your day on a good note. When you are winding down for the night, record something that happened during the day that you are grateful for, like a win at work or something that made you smile.
- Change Your Mindset: Become aware of how you think and speak to others as well as how you speak to yourself. Then each time you have a thought or say something negative, change that statement to one of gratitude. For example: If you think, “I am so exhausted from chasing after my children all day.” Consider shifting your mindset by changing your thinking to “I am so grateful that my children are strong and healthy.”
- Appreciate the Present: Take 10-15 minutes each day (or at least once a week) to become more aware of your surroundings in the present moment and find things to be grateful for. At home you might be grateful for the roof over your head, the warmth it provides you when it is cold, a safe place to rest, and the people you share your home with.
- Express Thanks Regularly: Show thanks to people you encounter and even experiences you have throughout the day. Thank the receptionist at your dentist office for helping you when you sign-in. Say “thank you” to the bagger at the grocery store. When driving, thank the light that slowed you down and helped you avoid an accident.
- Show Yourself Gratitude: Tell your own body “thanks” for all that it has done for you. Be grateful to yourself for allowing time to rest. Practice regular self-care as a way to thank yourself and your body for all your hard work.
Living a life of gratitude raises your vibrations, improving your life and the lives of those around you. Also, based on the Law of Gratitude, when we are grateful for what we have, we receive more things to be grateful for. So, do not limit yourself to just these five examples of practicing gratitude. Come up with your own ways of being grateful and spread the love.