In the hectic world we live in, it is easy to feel unhappy and unfulfilled. We have so much going on that we often forget that there are good things in our lives to be grateful for. In order to have a more positive outlook on life, it is important to practice gratitude.

If you take the time each day to just stop and appreciate what you already have in your life, then no matter how bad things may seem at the moment, you’ll always know that there is something positive waiting for you right around the corner!

Practicing gratitude can help us see outside of negativity and focus on what’s really important in life. In this blog post, I will share five simple ways to be grateful during your day-to-day routine.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

How to Practice Gratitude

Be grateful with what you have

1. Keep a gratitude journal

Have you ever been so caught up in the stresses of life that you forget to practice gratitude? I know it’s hard, but there are always ways around it. I’ve found that one simple thing can help make life a little bit easier: gratitude journaling. Gratitude journaling is simply writing down things you are grateful for each day. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to look back at the good things that happened during the day. I usually write three things I am grateful for and one thing that made me happy. It can be as simple as being thankful for your family or having an amazing pizza lunch or whatever makes you happy. There is so much to be thankful for.

There are many benefits to keeping a gratitude journal; studies have shown that doing so improves moods and reduces stress levels while making people more empathetic towards others.

The best time to start this practice is now! You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas! Each day you write about something that makes you happy will make it easier for those tough moments when life gets hard.
You can create your own gratitude journal. Keep it simple by using a blank notebook.
Check out these amazing gratitude journal prompts to get you started.

Related:How to Start Journaling – Benefits, Ideas, and More

2. Create a gratitude jar

There are few things more satisfying than counting your blessings and sharing them with others. That’s why I set up a “Gratitude Jar” to remind myself of all the good in my life and also how lucky I am to have so many people who care about me. Each day, write one or two things you’re thankful for on a slip of paper and place it in the jar.
When you find yourself feeling down or stressed out, take some time for yourself by taking a few pieces of paper from the jar and read them. It might just be what you need to feel better!

Related:A Beginner’s Guide To Mindfulness

3. Say thank you

It might seem like a small thing to say thank you, but it can make a world of difference. When you take the time to do so, it shows your gratitude and respect for someone else’s work. You are also acknowledging that they have helped you in some way. It is as simple as saying “thank you” or giving them a little pat on the back or hug after they help with something that means more than just doing their job.

Let’s start thanking each other today! Start your day with a little gratitude by saying “thank you” to the barista who makes coffee for you or your partner when they do something nice for you. It’s amazing how something so small can make such an impact on someone else’s day! Saying thank you will not only make them feel appreciated, but it will also let other people know how much we appreciate what they do for us too!

Related:55 Gratitude Affirmations That Will Bring Appreciation in Your Life

4. Appreciate and support your loved ones

Be grateful for your loved ones. They have been with you through thick and thin, always ready to lend an ear when needed. We all have that one friend who always goes out of their way for us, and we should never forget to let them know just how much they mean to us. Take some time out of your day to give thanks for what matters most in this world: family and friends.

Be there for the people around you that are struggling in life and show them that someone cares about their well-being. They will always appreciate your support, even if it is just a phone call or a chat over coffee. It’s always nice to have a reminder that you are loved and appreciated, especially when life is not easy. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing you helped make a difference in another person’s life!

Related:50 Gratitude Quotes to Uplift You

5. Try gratitude meditation

Gratitude meditation is a form of mindfulness that can help improve your mood and outlook on the world. After all, why not spend some time focusing on the good things in life instead of dwelling on the negative aspects? Start with 3-5 minutes every day using the following steps:

  • Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for 3 seconds, then release the breath out of your mouth.
  • Focus on the things you are grateful for as you inhale deeply from the bottom of your lungs.
  • As you exhale, feel all of the tension leave with each breath until you are left with nothing but peace and contentment.
  • Continue to breathe deeply for 5 minutes or more while focusing on gratitude.
  • Open your eyes after finishing meditation and take note of how much better you feel mentally and physically.

Related:Best Meditation Books For Your Daily Practice

Final thoughts

Gratitude is a way of life. Wherever you are in your journey, it’s important to be mindful and grateful for all that surrounds you. I hope you will try one or more of these tips above and start being more grateful.

References

  1. The impact of gratitude on adolescent materialism and generosity: The Journal of Positive Psychology: Vol 14, No 4 (tandfonline.com)
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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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