5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude Every Day
No matter at what stage of life you’re standing at right now, you should be thankful for making it this far. There are a lot of people, probably more than millions, in the world who simply wish to reach your destination. But that doesn’t mean you should stop dreaming of your goals.
This article talks about the importance of gratitude and how one can practice gratitude by following the simple steps. One must never underestimate the power of gratitude in life.
When you’re thankful for everything you have in your life, including people and things, you attract positive powers. Practicing thankfulness every day turns you into a better human being. And these will also help you reach your goals and give you a sense of self-satisfaction.
In this article, I’m going to share some of the best and powerful ways on how to practice gratitude in your life. So, let's have a closer at them one by one:
Do you practice gratitude in your life?
5 Effective Ways to Practice Thankfulness in Your Life
#1. Maintain a Gratitude Journal
A gratitude journal is a journal in which you pen down briefly about the things you’re grateful for in your life every day.
Many studies have concluded that people who keep and maintain a gratitude journal daily tend to be more optimistic and goal-oriented. They feel more proud of their lives as a whole as compared to the ones who don’t.
Writing down things, big or small, every day in your gratitude journal will have a positive impact on your subconscious mind. And this will bring positive thoughts that will turn into powerful actions.
So, to practice thankfulness in your life, maintaining a gratitude journal can be a life-changing step for you.
#2. Add Value to People’s Lives
When it comes to being grateful, you cannot just think of yourself. To be really thankful for your life, you must provide free value or support to people each day in any way possible. The help you are going to provide can be financial, emotional, or psychological.
Don’t hesitate to write a thank you note to your colleagues or friends who have helped you at any point in life.
Include an act or two of kindness each day in your daily routine. You can add free value to people in many ways. These can be adding your honest comments under articles, social media posts, or sharing your knowledge that will help people in some way or another.
Take out at least 30 minutes or one hour from your day to add value to people’s lives and motivate them to spread positivity. When you do this each day, you affirm yourself for a better human being.
#3. Send Greetings without any Reason
You must be having a circle of people with whom you feel comfortable sharing anything with them. If you’ve lost contact with such people due to the hustle and bustle of your life, it’s time to connect and get in touch with them once again.
Send them greetings or share messages with them remembering how good those times were when you two were together. Express your thankfulness to them for being such a wonderful person and helping you in your most needful hours.
Sending messages now and then without any reason will show your gratitude towards them. And soon you will develop a habit of thanking every person in your life that helps you overcome any fear, solve a problem, or just be a support system.
#4. Be Grateful for Everything to God
If you think that any of the above-mentioned habits are too much work for you, then just be grateful for everything verbally or mentally.
Whether you’re a theist or atheist, you must believe that there is a special power in the universe that controls everything. Now, it’s up to you what you name that power.
No matter what you do in your life and where you’re standing currently, you should practice thankfulness for everything you already have.
You can express your thankfulness to God for giving you such a beautiful human life, be thankful for giving you this job, express your gratitude for having a family, or for the food you’re eating.
There are thousands of such things, both tangible and intangible, you should be grateful for. Recite this slowly before going to bed at night or after waking up in the morning, and you will see a massive shift in the way you think or act.
#5. Practice Volunteering
Many people love helping others in various ways. By doing this, they practice a sense of gratitude about their lives. They feel happy and satisfied when they help others intentionally.
Every time they help the needy, they contribute to a happier world. Helping others not only gives you self-satisfaction but also improves your mindfulness and well-being. And this has been proven in several theories and case studies.
So, to help yourself lead a healthy and happier life, you must help others in some way.
Which gratitude practice would you like to try first?
Gratitude is such a powerful emotion that can drastically change your life forever. Practicing thankfulness every day will help you become a wise and kind human being. It also helps you to be more optimistic in your life and develop a sense of compassion for others.
I’m sure that by following all these tips, you’ll be able to lead your life more responsibly and with joy and pleasure. There could be many more ways to practice gratitude as a daily habit. If you think that I’ve missed out on any point, feel free to add them below in the comments section.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nikhil Sharma