A dose of gratitude to your day can make a whole lot of difference. But how can we start practicing it a bit more?
Growing up, my parents INSTILLED manners in me. “Always say please & Thank you” they would say.
And little me took this very seriously. Here is a little example. I will tell my waiter at a restaurant “Thank You” almost every single time they refill my cup, bring out the food, ask if we are doing alright, etc.
You name it, I say it!
Even though my thankfulness comes mainly from politeness, I still struggled with finding gratitude within my own life.
It wasn’t until I started working on my personal development journey that I started to understand how effective gratitude can be.
Gratitude isn’t just about the thankfulness you feel when receiving your chili cheese fries from the waiter. It’s more than that.
It’s an attitude.
The attitude of gratitude has its many benefits like bringing more joy, raising self-esteem, becoming more optimistic and so much more.
Check out this article from HappierHuman.com to see the science-backed on gratitude: 31 Benefits of Gratitude: The Ultimate Science-Backed Guide
So why not sprinkle it into your day and reap the benefits of the small changes it can make in your life!
Here are the 5 ways you can implement more gratitude into your day, which I use consistently.
I’ve also included a Free Daily Gratitude Printable where you can write out the 3 things you are most grateful for each day!
Start Your Day With Gratitude
I am no morning person and let’s just say, it took me quite some time to make my mornings for mindful.
Before: I would wake up and my day would be determined by how I felt (- Mostly Negative – Can you say, grouch???
Now: When I wake up, I may start to feel grouchy or upset (mainly for having to wake up so early). But I will quickly catch myself and think of something that makes me happy.
This is how I learned to turn my day by changing my focus toward gratitude.
Whether your a morning person or not, your day can be determined by your first initial thought. Why not start your day with the thought of something you’re most grateful for!
You’ve been given another day to live out your life as you please. As they say, you never know when it will be your last. So make the most out of it.
Switch Negative Thoughts to Thoughts of Gratitude
Negative thoughts are bound to happen. After all, they say it’s within our nature.
Before: I can attest to being a negative Nancy. This would immediately cause me to overthink and feel bad about myself.
Now: Not that I never have a negative thought, I just learned how to replace them with better thoughts of what I’m grateful for.
When you start to feel those negative thoughts bubbling up, Think of all the things that you are grateful for.
It’s easy to let negative thoughts consume you. By switching a negative thought to a thought of gratitude, you can see how quickly those thoughts can turn around.
Tell Others What Your Grateful For
I’ve heard before that speaking words out loud has a great power.
Before: I was always afraid to let people know what I’ve been grateful for. So I would never mention it.
Now: I tell the people I’m close too what I’m grateful for and sometimes letting them know that I’m grateful for them! (Which is something I’m still practicing).
Saying what your grateful for doesn’t have to wait until Thanksgiving. Talk about what makes you happy with someone else.
Or even better, tell someone what it is you’re grateful for about them. It not only will bring lighter conversations, but it can make someone’s day.
Look For Things You Can Add More Gratitude To
Even being grateful for the smallest thing, can make a difference.
Before: I struggled with even finding joy in my life for just living another day.
Now: I look for it in the smallest ways like seeing a butterfly flap its wings and fulfilling its’ duty here on this earth.
Sometimes we get caught up in the stress of the day. Slow down, Breathe and recognize the things that bring you more joy and happiness.
End Your Day With 3 Things You’re Most Grateful
The things you think about before bed can make an impact on the next day.
Before: I would just go try to sleep and couldn’t because of overthinking things that happened that day or worse, 10 years ago!
Now: I think about the 3 things I’m most grateful for and go to bed more calm and relaxed.
Every single night before bed, write out the top 3 things you are grateful for, for that day. Whether it was for the promotion you just received at work or for your car starting, List it out!
Gratitude is not only just an attitude, but it also can be a complimentary way of life. Find what it is you are most thankful for and create your day from that thought alone.
I believe that you will see your life transform entirely with a simple switch of gratefulness
What are some of the things you are most grateful for? Let me know in the comments below.