Life is crazy and it moves fast. We often get caught up in the whirlwind and forget to stop, look around and see all the wonderful things that are happening to and around us. Instead, we focus on everything that's going wrong!
Practicing gratitude and making it a daily habit can transform your life. Studies have shown that those who actively participate in practicing gratitude are healthier overall and also experience more growth towards their goals. You will feel more connected with others and even be more optimistic.
Sometimes this is easier said than done but a simple mindset shift can help you gain more gratitude towards your life every single day! Here are some simple ways to practice gratitude daily.
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1. Be grateful for everything
Showing gratitude does not only apply to the biggest things in your life. Even the smallest things should grab your attention. Some of my favorite small things to pick out include sunny days and breakfast!
2. Start and end every day with listing 5-10 things you are grateful for
Reflection time in the morning and at bedtime can be highly effective for all aspects of your life. Focusing in on the parts of your life and each day/week specifically can help pull you away from the hustle and bustle and help you realize the small things you have been taking for granted. The items that you list can be big or small. They just need to be something you are thankful for. After a while, this will translate into you stopping in the moment and being grateful for it instead of letting it pass by.
While waiting for a full-time job after graduating, I moved back in with my parents. I couldn't stop thinking about the day I moved out, was able to decorate my own apartment and start my life. Using this tactic helps me realize how grateful I am for the time I am able to spend with my family. This will never happen again and now I am so happy to be grateful rather than waiting for the next big thing. It has allowed me to enjoy and cherish even the smallest moments.
3. Keep a gratitude journal
Instead of or in addition to making a mental list, write down everything you are grateful for (even the smallest things!) throughout the day. Take it with you where ever you go or schedule a time each day to reflect. Once a week or month read back through your journal and go over all the things you are were grateful for. Like the mental list, this will help shift your mindset to notice things in the moment rather than getting stuck on the negative side of things.
4. Get off your phone
Sometimes our phones are constant distractions that are filled with negative news and rude people. When we are constantly taking in negative things it can be hard to see anything good happening around you. Take some time off your phone away from all the negativity so you have room to practice gratitude.
Look up from your work, your phone, or whatever you are doing and appreciate the chaos around you. Just stopping to take in what is happening around you, you will notice things you wouldn't normally. Practice this during whatever you are doing to start finding even the smallest moments you will want to remember and be grateful for.
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