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How To Show Gratitude Everyday

Gratitude Queen

In the famous words spoken by Eckhart Tolle-

“Acknowledging the good you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance”

It can be easy to get swept away in the fast lane and forget to stop and show your appreciation for what you do have. A life well lived is one of gratitude and thankfulness. To help you on your gratitude journey, here are 4 ways to have more gratitude in your daily life.

Science tells us that grateful people are typically happier people. Being grateful makes us more optimistic and reduces negativity — and that’s a huge reason to make acts of gratitude a daily habit.

Try to think about what you’re thankful for at least once a day. If you begin to prioritize gratitude and recognize the things you appreciate most, eventually it will become second nature.

In light of small successes and simple acts of kindness, here are five ways to show gratitude every day:

Write In A Gratitude Journal

1. Write in a gratitude journal. Purchase a small notebook and keep it in your handbag or next to your bed. Take a few minutes each day to write down a three things that you are grateful everyday. I like to do this before I go to bed. 

Include small acts of kindness: a stranger who paid for your coffee, someone who held the door open for you or simply being grateful for the healthy children you have. 

If you don’t write down these small moments of happiness, they will be easily forgotten. When you keep a journal, you can look back and remember how much you have to be thankful for during the times when life doesn’t seem to be going your way.

Have Visual Reminders

2. Use Visual Reminders. Because the two primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and a lack of mindful awareness, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude. 

– Set an alarm to remind you to write in your gratitude journal

– Have a quote set out next to your bed or on the front of your fridge to remind you everyday. 

– Wear a beaded meditation bracelet and when you remember to be grateful, rub your fingers over the beads. 

Say Thank-You More Often

3. Say Thank-you More Often. Sometimes it’s not enough to simply keep your gratitude to yourself. You can increase your feelings of gratitude by expressing that same gratitude to the people you care about.

Soul Pancake, a group that works to discover the “science of happiness,” ran an experiment where they encouraged people to write a letter to a person they were grateful for. By itself, this exercise increased their levels of happiness from 2 to 4%. However, when the same people made a phone call to the person they were thankful for to express their gratitude directly, happiness levels jumped from 4% to 19%.

Not only does expressing your gratitude for someone make their day a little brighter, but it can do wonders for increasing your own levels of gratitude and happiness in the long run

Replace Complaints With Gratitude

4. Replace Complaints With Gratitude. Find me one person that doesn’t EVER complain….It seems to be a part of our daily language. It doesn’t have to be like that and you can change that. Changing the way we speak to others and about ourselves is important. This also makes a big difference in how we feel. The next time you go to complain about the traffic on your way home from work, change your thinking or your words to something you are grateful for. I am grateful for the job that I have that allows me to feed my family. This automatically changes the negative emotions to positive.