Do you ever stop to take note of something you are grateful for? In the busyness of our days, we can get swept up in jumping from one thing to the other, leaving no time to actually reflect on the positive moments and things we are thankful for.
Practising gratitude really does have a plethora of benefits that not only help yourself, but those around you too. It can allow you to feel more positive emotions, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness to others and generally feel more alive. Sounds pretty great, right?!
If practising gratitude seems a little foreign to you, I have broken down some simple ways to incorporate it into your day-to-day. But I also want to remind you that there’s no right or wrong way to practice gratitude - whatever feels best and natural to you is perfect.
Big or Small - Gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for big moments like work promotions or holidays, it can be practiced in the small moments too. You could be thankful for a delicious meal, a blissful moment in the sun, or even for your morning coffee.
Keep a gratitude journal - Establish a routine of reminding yourself of positive moments from your day, the things you enjoy and people you value. You could start by simply writing down one thing you’re grateful for each day.
Notice new things - Whilst we may always be grateful for our family or great friends in our life, establishing a routine can become hard when we write down similar things each day. Challenge yourself to notice new, little things throughout your day that you are grateful for.
Talk about it - If you’re feeling grateful for a certain someone in your life, tell them! You could share it over the dinner table, write a gratitude letter or even a simple text.
I love you,