Ways to Practice Gratitude

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Be Thankful!

Carsyn Hall

Ways to Practice Gratitude

By: Carsyn Hall

People often focus on the things they lack and overlook the things they have. Practicing gratitude is very beneficial for boosting one’s mood and attitude. Although it may not always be easy, being thankful for the good things in your life can be a rewarding habit to pick up. Here are 5 tips to practice being more positive.

Focus on the positives.
Rather than spending time thinking about the things you want or don’t have, focus on the things in your life that you are thankful for. Start noticing the things that bring you joy, such as sharing a laugh with your friends or having clean water to drink. Pay attention and look at the things around you. Seeing all the positive aspects in your life will help you realize just how much you have to be grateful for.

Be grateful for the little things.
Not every good thing in life will be obvious or a big deal, which can cause you to miss a lot of good things in life. For example, a sunny day with warm weather, food to eat, and a house to sleep in, are all small, yet important, things to be thankful for. Taking notice of the small wins will add up to a great day and a better, more thankful mindset.

Reflect on your emotions.
Setting some time throughout the day to focus on the things you’re grateful will make your practice a habit. There may be moments when you aren’t feeling grateful at all and taking note of those moments will help you shift your focus.

Write “thank you” notes.
A simple way for you to show your gratitude to others is to write a thank-you note. You don’t need to send these notes if you don’t want to, writing them can be enough to help focus on the things you are thankful for. Writing down your thoughts and feelings will organize and show how much you have to appreciate.

Appreciate yourself.
Although you may have a lot to be thankful for in your life, you won’t want to forget yourself. Taking some time to appreciate yourself can be a great way to practice gratitude and boost your sense of well-being and self-esteem.

Joyce Meyer said, “There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.”