A World Without Racism is Grateful
How To Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude throughout your daily life can have monumental impacts in all areas of your existence. The concept may seem like a challenging one to take on, let alone do every day. Luckily an article by Mindful has provided 10 simple ways in which you can practice gratitude daily, and therefore, become more grateful!
- Keep a gratitude journal. Setting aside time each day to reflect on the moments, people, or opportunities we experienced helps us maintain an overall level of gratitude. When we focus on what we are grateful for instead of what we are missing, our entire perspective shifts to a generally more positive one.
- Remember the bad. In order to fully appreciate the good, we must also recognize the bad. This however can be tricky since we should not dwell on the bad, yet simply acknowledge how things could be, and reground ourselves in how lucky we are that there are things to be grateful for too.
- Ask yourself 3 questions in a guided meditation. What can I receive from ___? What have I given to ___? and What troubles and difficulties have I caused? Meditation can have a powerful effect on our perspectives and how we view events and individuals in our lives.
- Share your gratitude with others. Not only does this help us to connect with those in our lives, but it has been scientifically proven to strengthen these relationships. One way in which we can see this is when we tell our loved one how grateful we are for them and they then become more confident in the relationship, therefore becoming more trusting and grateful in turn.
- Come to your senses. Human life is an incredible thing, and it is a gift to be alive! With this comes being fortunate enough to experience all that this world has to offer through our senses. Sometimes it truly is focusing on the little things that keep us most humbled and grateful.
- Use visual reminders. This can look like a sticky note on your desk or a note written on your mirror. Often when we are lacking in gratitude it is a result of the out of sight out of mind concept. By placing little messages for yourself it will become much easier to stay grateful in all areas of life.
- Make it a vow. It is scientifically proven that when we have a written contract with ourselves about something, no matter what it is, we are more likely to stick to it. Therefore, by making this vow with yourself to become more grateful, the odds of you maintaining or accomplishing this are much higher.
- Watch your language. Self-talk is one of the most powerful tools we have when used in the right way of course. What we say becomes what we think. By being more mindful of the language we are using, particularly surrounding challenging times or events in our lives, we can rewire our brains to stay in a more grateful state.
- Go through the motions. This means exercising kindness and being friendly to those we interact with on a daily basis. This can include writing letters of gratitude or saying thank you to the checker at the grocery store. By going through the motions it will eventually become second nature, and as a result, cause a ripple effect of gratitude throughout our lives.
- Think outside the box. In order to maximize gratitude in your life through all areas, this will require some creativity. Brainstorm parts of your personal life that have the potential for gratitude and implement it!
Whether you resonate with and decide to implement one or all of these practices, the important thing is that start somewhere and soon gratitude will inevitably seep into your daily life!