Practicing Gratitude

Today I’m grateful for…

The world is a busy place and as you go to work, come home, work out, make dinner and go to sleep, it’s easy to let everyday matters overwhelm your thoughts. However, taking a few moments each day to stop what you are doing, acknowledge where your mind is, and appreciate what you have, who you are, and where you are can make a big difference in minimizing negativity.

Practicing gratitude is simply the act of recognizing the good things, appreciating them and showing gratitude for them. But how do you start?

Start a gratitude journal. Journals made specifically for practicing gratitude are available to purchase, but any journal or notebook will do. You can write in long form, bullet form, draw—whatever way speaks to you, as long as you are conveying things you are grateful for.

Listen to a gratitude podcast. Some gratitude podcasts focus on learning to recognize negativity and training the mind to become more aware, while others simply talk about gratitude itself. Do your research to find a podcast that best suits your needs. If a 30-minute talk on gratitude will be a more relaxing fit in your schedule, then listen to that one instead of forcing yourself to listen to an hour-long episode that will only create more negativity within you.

Create gratitude reminders. Setting yourself a reminder to pause and find something to express gratitude toward is a great way to practice gratefulness. This is another option that depends on the individual finding what works best. Some ways to create gratitude reminders are:

  • Setting a reminder or alarm on your phone for a certain time every day.
  • Writing on a sticky note.
  • Writing a message on your bathroom mirror in dry-erase marker that you can see every morning and change as needed.
  • Setting a gratitude quote or phrase as your phone wallpaper—something you will look at whenever you check the time.

Practicing gratitude starts with mindfulness and awareness. Find a method that will help you recognize where you are mentally and emotionally, then take that first step to acknowledging what you are grateful for.

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