In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow I wanted to share with you the importance of practicing daily gratitude. Along with a few essentials tips to make it a habit.
I know many times we overlook gratitude & the power it has, a lot of people aren’t even aware of the importance of it. We are human, it’s normal, but how many of us don’t want to feel more positive and have more optimism in life? I sometimes find myself neglecting this gratitude attitude and in consequence my overwhelming anxiety tends to rise. However, I love that the practice of it can develop as a habit with simply a few minutes each day, with the reward of many self help benefits!
Gratitude is key to lift your mood; acknowledging the things in your life to be thankful for. Being grateful is one of the simplest & easiest ways to boost motivation, become more mindful, and it encourages a happier life as well. This goes for anyone and everyone, no matter your current situation. Scientific research shows that grateful people have “higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress”. As you may have noticed when you’re grateful it does tend to have lasting effects on your mood!
Here are a few essential tips to help you get on the thankfulness track:
1st Step: Check in with yourself throughout the day ~
You can do that by asking yourself these questions:
- What are 3 things I can be grateful for today?
- Who are 3 people I can be grateful to have in my life and why?
- & How can I show more appreciation toward myself?
Each day think of more people/things to be grateful for; this will eventually expand your thankfulness perspective.
2nd Step: Express more gratitude ~
Take a minute of your day to tell someone that you’re thankful for them, their help, or their kindness, etc.
This will not only help you cultivate a mindset of gratitude but it’ll shed some light to someone else’s life too. You never know how a simple sentence may impact them!
Final step: Keep a “gratitude jar” ~
Once or twice a day write something you’re grateful for on a little piece of paper and drop it in your jar DAILY. Pour them out and read them when you’re down, depressed/feeling low vibes, or just overwhelmed with life.
Overall focusing on what you have to be grateful for will not only elevate your life but it’ll create tighter bonds and relationships with your loved ones, it’ll improve your mental health, and build appreciation even on your “bad days”. It is truly a powerful and wise tool that is very effective & super easy to practice. Do you have specific ways that you show your gratitude attitude?
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
Thanks for reading loves, until next time. xx