Did you know gratitude shields you from negativity, makes you feel happier, re-wires your brain, eliminates stress, improves your sleep, helps you heal, boosts your self-esteem and performance and improves your relationships?
There are a few simple ways you can practice gratitude, pick one or all five and make this practice consistent. Practice gratitude daily and you will notice results in how you feel very soon.
Journal about gratitude:
Take a few minutes every evening to write 3-5 good things about your day. These entries don’t have to be major events – they might be as simple as a good meal, talking to a friend, spending time with loved ones, or getting through a difficult situation.
Write a letter:
Think about someone who has had a major impact on your life, someone who you would like to thank, or someone who you appreciate having in your life. Write a letter with specific details about what it is you appreciate about them and send it.
Visit someone who you appreciate:
Write a letter to someone you appreciate as described above, but instead of mailing it, deliver the letter in person. Don’t tell them why you’re visiting! Read them your letter and then give it to them to keep as a memento.
Say thank you:
Keep your eyes open throughout your day for reasons to say “thanks”. Try to recognize the small actions people do every day that might be overlooked, such as a colleague who always goes the extra mile, or your spouse doing something you may have been taking for granted, or a friend who is always there to listen.
Take a gratitude walk:
Go for a walk and make a special effort to appreciate your surroundings. You might notice a smell of flowers, a pretty building or a soothing breeze. Spend a few minutes focusing on each of your senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste) to find new things you may not have noticed before.