Gratitude is the appreciation for the good things that have happened, and a recognition of what we have instead of focusing on what we don’t. Practicing gratitude not only brings joy but also helps you feel connected to those around you. Admittedly, gratitude isn’t the easiest thing to practice.
But with practice, gratitude can become second nature and bring you closer to a more fulfilled life.
Keeping A Gratitude Journal
The first, and probably most popular, way to practice gratitude is with a gratitude journal. Each day, write down three things that you’re grateful for. It can be anything from the sunshine on your face to getting a promotion at work. Writing down these moments of appreciation allows you to reflect on the good going on in your life, and to take in the present moment.
There are different types of journals you can use depending on what works for you. Some people prefer to write in a traditional journal with pen and paper, while others prefer keeping an online journal or using a gratitude app. Whatever you choose, make sure that it’s easy to access so that you can jot down those moments of appreciation quickly and easily.
Practicing Gratitude Meditation
An effective way to practice gratitude is through meditation. Start by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Then, bring your focus inward and think of something that you’re grateful for— a person, an experience, or something else. As you focus on that moment of appreciation, allow yourself to be immersed in the feeling of gratitude. You can continue this practice for as long as you’d like, and then slowly open your eyes when you feel ready.
Meditation is not just a great way to start and end your day, but it’s also beneficial to practice anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
Appreciate Those Around You
The simple way to practice gratitude is to express it outwardly by showing appreciation for those around you through small acts of kindness. This will not only make other people feel appreciated and valued, but it will also boost your sense of gratitude as well.
For example, say you were recently ill and admitted to a hospital. You could show appreciation for the nurses and your doctor by sending them a thank-you letter attached to a fruit basket. This way, you’re dwelling on the positive moments – receiving healthcare – and not on the negative – feeling sick.
Of course, another way to practice gratitude is through volunteering. This can mean anything from helping out at a local food bank to volunteering at an animal shelter. Not only will you be giving back to those in need, but you’ll also feel connected and grateful for the experience.
To maximize this experience, reflect on what it is that you’re thankful for when volunteering such as feeling grateful for the opportunity to give back or being appreciative of the people and cause you’re helping.
Gratitude is an important practice that can bring us joy and positivity, no matter what life throws at us. Whether it’s through a gratitude journal, meditating, expressing, or volunteering, these are all simple ways to practice gratitude in your life and become more thankful for the good things.