10 Easy tips on how to practice gratitude in your daily life
Gratitude is one of the post powerful and beneficial emotions that you can nurture. It can change the way that you look on life by making you more optimistic, positive and it makes you focus more on what you do have, rather than the things that you don’t. Apart from all that, expressing gratitude makes you a nice person to be around, so you will gain more friends as well. Here are some ideas for you, on how to practice gratitude in your day-to-day life.
1. Never forget the bad times
Our first tip on how to practice gratitude can seem controversial, but there is a reason. Of course, it’s never good to dwell on the past, but remembering what it’s like in the bad old days will make you appreciate today more. When today seems a bit rough, remember the days that were downright awful, and that will put things back in good perspective for you.
2. Make a promise to be more grateful
Another tip on how to practice gratitude is to make a promise to yourself to be more grateful or to promise it to whomever you hold dear, and it will be more likely to happen. Research has shown that the act of making a promise to behave in a certain way drastically increases the chances of you succeeding in that goal.
3. Create reminders for yourself
Visual reminders to yourself will also help you get into the habit of being more grateful. Leave notes to yourself on the door of the refrigerator or on a notice board, and it will help trigger the gratitude in your mind.
4. Start a gratitude journal
Gratitude journal can be of great help on how to practice gratitude daily. Make it a daily habit to take stock of what you have to be grateful for. Sit down, at the end of the day, and write a list of the good things that happened. We all have things to be grateful, each and every day; we just don’t take the time to think about it.
5. Keep your eyes open!
Be more aware of what is going on around you and you will notice that there are more things to be grateful for, than you ever imagined. Open your eyes, take a look at the world and you will see things all around you that we should all be grateful for.
6. Start writing ‘thank you’ notes
Our next tip on how to practice gratitude is, when someone does something nice for you, write them a note to say ‘thank you’. They will appreciate the gesture and it will help to confirm the gratitude in your own mind too.
7. Just say ‘thank you’ more often!
Do you always thank the person who serves you in a store? Did you thank your boyfriend, the last time he actually did the dishes? Sometimes we are all so busy that we forget to say ‘thank you’ for the evade things, so get back into the habit of gratitude by using those words more often.
8. Actively seek things to be grateful for
Now you’ve decided to become a more grateful person, start looking for the opportunities to to express your gratitude. Be creative where you look though, because the things that you can be grateful for can be found in some surprising places.
9. Acknowledge your ungrateful thoughts
Our next tip on how to practice gratitude is to acknowledge your ungrateful thoughts. When you find yourself thinking negative ungrateful thoughts, then try and replace those thoughts with positive ones. If service has been slow in a restaurant, then remind yourself how good the food was.
10. Start your day with a ‘thank you’
And finally, our last tip on how to practice gratitude is to start every day with a ‘thank you’; it will help you to be grateful for the rest of the day. Take a look outside, the sun is shining, the trees look beautiful and it’s a new day, filled with new possibilities. Rise and shine! What’s not to be grateful for?
Do you practice gratitude in your daily life?