1) Start with gratitude journal
Everyone knows that feeling when you wake up and feel like it’s just another day to go through. Well, what if we told you that by starting your day with gratitude journaling, you can make all of your days better? Journaling isn’t just some woo-woo new age trend; science has proven over and over again how beneficial being grateful is for your health. In addition to improving our emotional state of mind, gratitude also improves our physical health! It lowers stress levels while increasing positive emotions like joy and serenity—all while reducing depression. With these benefits in mind, who wouldn’t want to try?
2) Be grateful even when you don’t want to be
Easier said than done, right? Yes, sometimes it is. In fact, sometimes it feels like being grateful is just way too much work when you’re in that dark place. But as with anything else worth having in life (and business), we have to be willing to work for what we want. Being grateful for all our blessings will lead us to success—be it material or otherwise—in both our personal and professional lives. The expression gratefulness comes from Latin and literally means to render thanks. Whether we’re expressing gratitude or receiving it from others, there are countless benefits of being grateful including increased happiness, better health outcomes, reduced stress levels and so much more! Here are five ways you can cultivate your own gratitude practice
3) Spread gratitude
Have you ever had someone do something nice for you, and find yourself thinking wow, I bet they’re always that nice? On that same note, have you ever done something nice for someone and gotten a similar reaction? The difference in these two reactions is due to gratitude. Showing gratitude is not just about doing good things for others; it’s also about feeling good when others do good things. When we are able to show gratitude, we improve our relationships by making them more reciprocal. For example, even if your kids don’t think helping with chores around the house is very fun, if you can tell them how grateful you are for their help, it can make all of your interactions better and increase family closeness in general.
4) Cultivate thankfulness in every area of your life
Showing gratitude is more than just thanking someone. It’s about cultivating thankfulness in all aspects of your life and taking opportunities to notice things you’re grateful for on a daily basis. If you’re more focused on being thankful, studies show that it can positively impact your health and well-being, as well as help you sleep better at night . Practicing gratitude may not change what happens to you, but it can change how you think about what happens to you. Instead of reacting to events with frustration or negative emotions, research shows that people who cultivate thankfulness are happier , even in difficult circumstances .
5) Meditate on all that you have to be grateful for
Meditation can help us connect with our emotions, which often have to take a backseat when we’re too busy doing. Finding quiet time each day for meditation gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we feel about various aspects of our lives. For example, imagine that you are feeling underappreciated at work. Instead of taking out your frustration on your colleagues or lamenting to your friends about how unappreciated you feel, try silently meditating about it each day (in addition to talking about it with those close to you). In just one week’s time, those feelings of resentment might start to fade away as you contemplate what positive qualities you do bring to your job and life in general.