6 Simple Tips For More Gratitude In Your Day
As we go through our busy days, it’s easy to forget to express thanks for all we have. We run from one chore to another, from one scheduled activity to the next, all while our thoughts are on autopilot.
We neglect to express gratitude throughout the day and end up ruminating on the things that disappoint us. This is a recipe for disaster. All those negative emotions bubble up and percolate in our psyche where they multiply. Like begets like.
The most effective way to feel happier and more satisfied in your life is to develop an attitude of gratitude. The more you practice, gratitude will become your default way of thinking. Begin with my 6 simple tips for more gratitude in your day.
1. Put a reminder near your bathroom sink. What do you do when you’re brushing your teeth every morning and every night? Read your reminder and think about all the things you have to be grateful for in your life.
2. Thank everyone for something. Make a game out of saying thank you to every single person you interact with, even if they are difficult. Show each person that they are appreciated. Don’t forget to include your hubby in this!
3. Have five minutes? Write a quick note or email to someone you haven’t seen or spoken with in a long time. It doesn’t have to be grandly poetic, just a quick couple of sentences can make a huge impact on both their day and yours. If you want to go the professional route, LinkedIn has a great option for writing recommendations. Again, just a few sentences unprompted is a powerful thing.
4. Consider putting a gratitude board up on your refrigerator. It can be dry erase or chalk or even a magnetic pad of paper. Before each time you go in the fridge, write something you are grateful for.
5. Every time something on your body aches or gives you a little trouble, be thankful for it. Headache? Be thankful that you have an Advil to ease your pain. Muscles sore from working out the day before? Be thankful you have a working body that is getting stronger and stronger each day.
6. Make it a point to mentally recap your day when you get in bed and list off the things you’re grateful for. Too many of us lie down and beat ourselves up over where we failed during the day or what went poorly. Do the opposite! What went well? Dwell on that!
How do you work more gratitude into your day-to-day life?