It’s actually an age-old practice but there’s been a lot of talk about the importance of gratitude lately, and the benefits of practising it.
It’s all about appreciating all the things in your life that are working. These could be physical, like a roof over your head or food on the table, emotional, like the support and love of friends and family, or anything else, like some information you’ve received or an opportunity that has come your way. The key is to be specific.
Expressing gratitude also has the added benefit of making us feel more positive, which automatically attracts more good stuff to us and helps us to work more constructively with the not-so-good.
If these sound like good enough reasons to get grateful, here are some ways you could do that:
Keep it really simple
Every time you do something mindless that is part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth, waiting for the kettle to boil or taking a shower, use that time to think of and/or say aloud all the things you are grateful for. After a few days, that activity will automatically become the trigger to remind you to start thinking gratefully.
Take it a step further
You could create a daily ritual for yourself where you do something special as part of your gratitude routine like lighting a candle as a way of giving thanks, or sitting quietly and writing in a gratitude diary. This has the added benefit of becoming almost like a mini-meditation, a time when your mind can quieten while you focus only on what you are grateful for.
Give one of these a try for a while, or find your own way to express your gratitude, and notice the effect on how you feel about your life. It’s well worth it!
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