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5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude Every Day

Updated on June 4, 2020
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Introduction

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.

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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:

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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

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    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Hey Navin!

      I'm feeling so great to know that you found this article helpful on a personal level. Yes, a lot of people don't take thankfulness seriously. They just underestimate the power of gratitude.

      Staying grateful for everything you already have or achieved in your life will help you rise better and stronger in your life. Even in this pandemic, we all can and should be grateful for staying safe and healthy. Thanks a lot for sharing your personal opinion, Navin. I really appreciate it.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      When we're positive in our lives, both inside and out, we attract powerful positive vibes. And these vibes have the capabilities to change our lives forever.

      Yes, we do occasional reminders to be grateful for all things we already have. Thank you so much for leaving this awesome comment, Lisha C. I really appreciate your time and patience in reading this article.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Thank you so much, Bill, for writing such an awesome comment. I'm grateful to you for reading this article. Stay connected!

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      Navin Srivastava 

      13 months ago from Serampore

      Hi Nikhil !!

      I went through this and found it really helpful on a personal level. Gratefulness is something that people often forget, as I did. Hence, at this time of pandemic scare, it's important to be grateful for all the good things. This was a great reminder actually.

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      Lisha C 

      13 months ago

      This is a very positive article. Thank you for reminding us to be grateful; it is very easy to take things for granted and focus only on what's going wrong. We all need the occasional reminder!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the spirit of this article. What a wonderful message it contains. Well done! I am grateful for you.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      It's easy to get distracted by the negative energies around you. But it takes courage to start doing something positive that can give people some kind of value. The latter is what we all should aim for.

      It's really great to receive a comment from a person who is already maintaining a gratitude journal. I can understand it can get really difficult in the beginning to do something you haven't done before. But, when you build a habit of doing that, it becomes extremely easy.

      You're absolutely right, Ms. Louise. No matter what we do and where we stand in life at the moment, we must be thankful for everything. There are countless reasons to be grateful for. The more we are grateful the better things will happen in our lives. Thank you so much once again for sharing your lovely thoughts with us, Ms. Louise. It's my honor to know about you.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Definitely, Alfred!

      I've written these points as per my personal experience as well as by researching it online. I'm confident that anyone who will follow these will be able to practice gratitude and will see positive results in their lives. I'm flattered to know that you found this content great. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Stay connected.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      I'm glad to know that I was able to motivate you with this article, Mr. Chardie. I will try my best to keep posting such hubs to give value to all readers. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Thanks a lot, Ms. Sneha, for reading and appreciating my work. Ohh really? That's great. I can't wait to read that article on the same topic.

      Yes, we all should be thankful to everyone and everything who came into our lives and made it worth living. When we express gratitude towards everything in life, we become more positive and powerful. I'm sure by practicing these tips, along with many others, anyone can become positive and powerful in their lives, both financially and mentally.

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      This is a very positive and inspirational article.

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      Louise Elcross 

      13 months ago from Preston

      A lovely read which reminds us to be grateful for what we do have. I keep a journal and I write freely about all the things I am truly grateful for. When I first started a gratitude journal I have to admit I did not feel that I had a lot to be grateful for and now after feeling gratitude on a daily basis, I have many reasons to be grateful. The more we are grateful the more things happen in life to be grateful for. Thanks for writing.

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      Mr Nice 

      13 months ago

      Great Content, thanks for writing. I will put this into practice I hope to get a positive change

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      Chardie Cat 

      13 months ago from Northern Mindanao, Philippines

      Nice read. So motivating. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sneha Bhat 

      13 months ago from India

      Very well explained about gratitude sir.. Infact my next article was about the same topic; but no worries.. We should be thankful to all those who have travelled with us and made one or the other impressions on our life. Gratitude is the most simple but precious gift that we can give to others. THANK You again for this article.

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