“Gratitude is the most powerful connection you have with higher self. Start your day connected to yourself” – Unknown
There is no time like the present to start developing a gratitude practice.
Embracing gratitude is enlightening, and when approached from a loving and curious place, can have a tremendous impact on emotional growth.
When our minds are busy appreciating things, it evokes positive emotion.
When we are filled up with positive emotion, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of space for negativity to move in. See how that works? Pretty neat stuff.
The tips below are super easy easy to follow and really won’t require much time out of your busy day.
There are way more than 5 ways to incorporate a gratitude practice into your life, but the following are simple steps that you can start taking today.
Whether you want to try them all right away, or slowly introduce a new skill when you are ready, consistency and patience with yourself are key.
Hopefully you are feeling positive about getting started with a new practice and mastering some new skills, so let’s talk gratitude.
1. A great start on your gratitude journey is to simply say “Thank You”.
You may already do this, and that is wonderful! Perhaps try to say it more frequently. For example- your children are sitting quietly and playing nicely, take this opportunity to thank them!
You have just practiced gratitude and while doings so, offered some positive reinforcement to your children. It’s a win-win. Saying thank you can go a long way and can feel pretty great for the recipient. Next time you say it, feel it. Genuinely feel the warmth in your heart when you speak the words and reap the benefits of this simple, yet effective practice.
2. Smile more.
Make eye contact with someone and smile. Feel gratitude for the moment of brief, yet positive interactions. If you want to start small here, practice this at home with your family.
Once you start getting a bit more comfortable with the act of smiling, take the show on the road.
Smile at someone as you hold the door. Look up from your phone and smile at people walking down the street, or maybe walking past you in the office. There is a very great possibility that you will receive a smile in return, and that my friend, is a wonderful feeling.
Gratitude opens the door to… the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude. – Deepak Chopra
3. Take a walk- a gratitude walk.
It’s no secret that exercise is beneficial both mentally and physically, so in addition to reaping those rewards, take a moment to look around and notice all the things to feel gratitude for.
Breathe in the air and life that surrounds you. Notice nature, buildings, people, stillness- whatever is around you.
Notice it and appreciate it.
Savor the opportunity to notice the world.
If walking is not an option, use whatever means are available to notice and feel gratitude for the goings on all around you.
The first 3 are relatively simple. In all reality, you could take a quick walk, smile and say thank you all in under a few minutes.
The next 2 may be a bit more of a challenge, but with practice, will become easier.
4. Try to avoid negative speak, this includes gossiping, complaining, put downs, criticisms, etc.
A useful method to incorporate here could be P.B.O.R- Pause, Breathe, Observe, Respond. For more details about this practice, head on over to my post about it by clicking here.
During conversation, do your best to avoid getting sucked into negativity funnels with others and possibly about others.
If changing the tone of negative scenarios is not an option, try to excuse yourself.
Instead, shift your focus to the people and things around you that bring joy.
Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment – Tony Robbins
5. Finally, keeping a gratitude journal is a powerful and effective way to deepen your gratitude practice.
This doesn’t have to be tedious or difficult Just simply jotting down a few things each day that you are grateful for, whether they are things, people, or moments, can have a profound effect on our happiness.
Journaling before bed and first thing in the morning have both shown to each have distinct benefits.
Jotting down moments of gratitude before going to sleep at night can help to focus the mind on the positives and hopefully put our minds at ease enough to drift off into a happier, more peaceful sleep state.
If you take the morning route (doing both is highly recommended!) start your day expressing gratitude and you are setting a higher frequency tone for your day.
To get you started with journaling journey, head here and download my Free Weekly Gratitude journal. It is my way of showing gratitude for you being here and reading this right now.
So, there you have it! You are now armed with some knowledge to start paving your very own gratitude path. Be patient, be kind, and be consistent. Each day is laced with inconsistencies and challenges, let gratitude be your constant. Let gratitude flood your life with positivity, rich relationships and endless opportunity. Thank you for being here.
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