Developing an attitude of gratitude helps us want what we do have and not want what you don’t have, usually this is the other way around which can lead to immense dissatisfaction end emptiness.
Gratitude connects strongly with mindfulness and can help dramatically if you happen to be experiencing stress, loneliness or you are feeling a bit down.
Since my marriage separation last year I’ve felt all of these things and gratitude is something I come back to and implement if I start feeling negative or focusing on things that aren’t working out for me.
Here are some things you can do to implement gratitude into your daily life.
- Jot them down. Every day think of 5 things you are grateful for and write them down. I find this is the most powerful as soon as you wake up or before you go to bed. As you are writing them down, picture those things in your head and really connect with them (this is not a rushing exercise). This has been shown to rewire your brain after eight weeks to being more empathetic and happy.
- Keep a gratitude journal. After your gratitude practice write everything down in a journal. This is a great way to reference what you are feeling grateful for and celebrate all the positives in your life.
- Say thank you. It sounds simple but this simple gesture is both an act of gratitude and kindness. You are openly expressing your gratitude to the other person.
- Be grateful for your surroundings. Often we get so wrapped up in the ‘bad’ things on our life we miss the small ‘miracles’ we are surrounded by. It might be access to running water, the beautiful scenery, fresh produce, the ability to exercise. These small things make life amazing and should not be missed.
- Invest in yourself. Being grateful can make you happy but being happy can make you grateful. Join the gym or yoga studio to get all those endorphins flowing or take up a hobby.
- Practice your gratitude. Spend time with family and friends and hone your skills in adopting gratitude. This might be actively listening to them and showing gratitude through helping them in some way. Send a thank you card or small home made gift, cook someone dinner or make them a surprise. These are all great ways to practice gratitude.
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