3 Simple Steps to Practicing Gratitude
It may seem simple, but most of us want to be known as grateful people but we don’t act like it. Showing appreciation is different than thinking it in your head. Being thankful has been shown to:
- Create a stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure.
- Give higher levels of positive emotion.
- Bring you and others more joy, optimism, and happiness.
- Circle you with more generosity and compassion.
- Help you feel less lonely and isolated.
How can you practice being more grateful?
1. Write it all down!
Yes, just thinking about your daily gratitude can help but there is something very powerful about putting pen to paper and getting those grateful thoughts out of your head and into the open. It makes them more real and allows you to really gain a better perspective.
2. Make them authentic.
Just writing down three things as quick as you can isn't going to give you great results. They have to be something real and authentic to your daily life to give you the most benefit. They don't need to be some profound revelation. For example, I am grateful for the chair I am sitting on. It sure beats sitting on the floor.
3. Do it daily.
Being grateful once in awhile won't make the changes you are looking for. Working yourself up towards daily practice will help you to get the amazing benefits. It doesn't have to take you a long time every day, but this can be a skill that impacts not only your life but the lives of people close to you.
Bonus: Find a common theme.
This is a tip that you don't have to follow, but I have found to be helpful. Instead of writing down three random gratitudes every day, I try to find a common theme. It might be the relationships I have in my life, something to do with nature, or even my overall health. The theme does not matter, but it does help me focus on one area of my life for that day (or week) and get a much deeper appreciation.
Executing your gratitude does not need to be a difficult task. Use these tips to help make it a daily practice!
To your best health,