Did you know that expressing gratitude every day can actually improve your life? It’s true! People who express gratitude daily are usually less stressed and less depressed. Plus, they’re more likely to exercise and be open to helping others. Here are a few of my favorite ways to be grateful each day.
- Keep a gratitude journal — Even if it’s just an old notebook, jotting down what you’re thankful for can be helpful when you’re feeling down or alone.
- Write a gratitude letter — When you feel very grateful for someone in your life, let them know. Even a short letter or note can do a world of good.
- Schedule time for gratitude — Set a specific time every day to take a few minutes and be thankful for what you have. Notice how much lighter you feel almost instantly!
- Volunteer — Volunteering shows you what you have to be grateful for, and also helps create gratitude in others. Everyone wins.
- Smile — Smiling actually makes you feel happier and can trigger that inner sensation of gratitude. It also affects others around you in the very same way.
- Try not to complain — Complaining, no matter how bad you feel, is almost the exact opposite of showing gratitude. Next time you feel like complaining, test out switching to a thought of something you have to be grateful for instead.
- Be present — Don’t stay stuck on past events or future worries. Instead, be grateful for the moment you are in right now.
- Give someone you love a hug — Expressing physical affection for no reason is a great way to express gratitude and spread it around.
- Make a list — Make a list of things you’re grateful for, or make a list for someone else telling them why you’re grateful for them.
- Compliment someone — Giving a genuine compliment brightens someone else’s day and yours too!
Gratitude is all about being thankful for what you have, and also being willing to appreciate and pay back the kindness shown to you by others. Imagine how amazing our world would be if we all chose to be thankful for ourselves and others every single day!
Being grateful doesn’t just mean saying ‘thank you.’ True gratitude has incredible benefits. It can make our emotional state more resilient and make it so much easier to bounce back from a negative experience. It can also make you a more optimistic person in general and can allow you to easily see past modern materialism to true happiness.
Gratitude builds with self-esteem too. Being thankful and kind makes others want to treat you the same way. Do you know anyone who is always treated with kindness and respect who doesn’t have good self-esteem? I don’t!
There are so many ways being grateful can make life better. One of the most important, for me, is that gratitude keeps those things we have to be thankful for at the front of our mind. It’s hard to be unhappy when you’re always aware of everything positive in your life.
Gratitude is so important to me that I have a very exciting FREE gift for you all in the coming weeks, and I am so excited about sharing it with you. It is something that you will be able to implement into your daily rituals expressing and connecting to the gratitude in your life, so keep your eyes peeled.
Every private message and email I receive melts my heart and enhances within my soul why I do what I do. There is a part of my soul that is complete when I am guiding people to their intuition. I know what it’s like to live life with a suppressed voice inside; it’s not a nice feeling. I am so grateful for you!
Wishing you a beautiful day!