So if you’re reading this blog post, the chances are you’ve come across the importance of gratitude in building a healthy, happy life. You’ll hear about it in most personal development books and now even science will back it’s super ability in being able to keep a smile on your face.
With that in mind, here are some tips to get you and awesome gratitude practice whether you are a beginner or been at it a while.
- START SIMPLE – when I first got into practicing gratitude I aimed to write 10 things per day I was grateful for. It lasted for a few weeks but realistically, it was time consuming and I didn’t really stick to it. Aiming for just 3 things per day that you are grateful for is totally doable. The 3 things can literally be anything from people to objects to the way it feels when you’re getting into freshly laid bedding. When this small action is integrated into your routine, you’ll reap in the benefits.
- MAKE IT YOURS – although my advice is to start with jotting down 3 things per day, do whatever fits YOU. You might prefer to say the things out loud in the mirror as opposed to writing them. Some do it when they wake up, some do it before bed. The main thing is, you pick a practice that you can make time for every day and that makes YOU feel good.
- INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE – you will find this happens pretty naturally once you get into the gratitude mindset. As well as your daily practice of 3 things take the time to appreciate what’s working for you throughout the day. Offer thanks to the great cup of coffee you had; the fact that all of the traffic lights were on green and you got to work on time etc. When you incorporate this into your daily life, it will really start to switch up your mindset. You will become much more positive and in turn happier as a result. We all have many things to be grateful for, we just don’t always see them.
- MAKE SURE YOUR ACTIONS MATCH UP TO YOUR WORDS – proclaiming that you are grateful for something is only half of the job done. You must also take the time to PROVE it or SHOW it. Yes bringing awareness to your gratitude for something is very important but it mustn’t stop there. Take pride and nurture your self/belongings/relationships. If you’re grateful for your mum; take the time out of your day to call her; tell her you appreciate her and talk/listen to her. If you are grateful for the fact that you have a car; show it by keeping it clean; service it regularly and drive safely. There is no point in saying you are grateful for something if your actions don’t match up, you can’t trick the universe.
- DON’T SAY IT IF YOU DON’T MEAN IT – when you get into the routine of practicing gratitude, it can easily be used as a way of MASKING your problems and pretending to yourself that everything is good and perfect. This is not healthy and it will not benefit you in any way. If there is something in your life that you are not happy about, take action. Change the situation and make it one that you are grateful for because whether you say you are or not; your vibration will always align with the truth. What you can be grateful is the lesson that you learned from the situation.
So those are my top tips to hook you up with a strong gratitude practice. I hope you enjoyed the post and have been able to take something from it!