Every morning I cultivate an attitude of gratitude by writing a gratitude list. A daily gratitude practice is an important part of any self care routine. Just taking a moment here and there to shift your mindset from grumpy to grateful can make a powerful impact on your world view.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can provide you with a number of benefits and can really transform your life for the better. Most people do not appreciate the power that gratitude has.
When you think about the word “gratitude” what does it mean to you? We believe that it is all about being thankful for what you have, counting your blessings, being really appreciative of anything that you receive and really valuing simple things in your life that are really important.
- First and foremost, gratitude is a way of living. It is a state of being in which you open yourself up to receive good things. It is a posture of openness, receptiveness, and willingness to receive things that are very good.
- The real art of being grateful is to develop an awareness on a continual basis about what you have no matter how small. Most people tend to concentrate on the things that they don’t have. The Law of Attraction will keep providing them with lack if they persist with this.
- Gratitude is not a one-time event where you simply say, “Thank you.” It’s an entire way of being in which you joyfully receive good things and give thanks for those good things.
- Gratitude is a habit. It’s a perpetual way of life, almost like breathing. You take in something good and breathe out gratitude.
- Additionally, gratitude encompasses all things. Everything in life happens for a reason, and in each circumstance, there are valuable things for us to learn. These valuable things help us advance in life, primarily in character.
- Gratitude comes from the recognition that you have received something good. In other words, you didn’t create this thing yourself. Rather, it came from outside of you. From a friend. From the universe. Maybe even a complete stranger.
- Gratitude is distinctly different than earning something. When we work hard to create something, we can say that we earned it. Gratitude, on the other hand, comes when we receive something that we have not earned.
- Gratitude connects you to something larger than yourself. This is one of the great powers of gratitude. It takes us outside of ourselves and connects us to other people, nature, and even a higher power.
- Gratitude is an affirmation of goodness. In other words, it’s recognising that not only have we received something freely, but that thing we received is also very good. As a result, we are grateful.
- Gratefulness enables us to see just how many good things we have in our lives. On the flip side, when we’re not regularly grateful, we become discontent and unhappy with the way things are going.
The opposite of gratefulness is:
The good news is that you can’t simultaneously be grateful and be in any of these negative states. You could say that gratefulness is exclusive. It expands
and doesn’t make room for anything else.
When you cultivate an attitude of gratitude and express gratitude on a regular basis you make a transition from always focusing on lack to focusing in the abundance that you have right now. There are health benefits to adopting an attitude of gratitude as well. Many studies have shown that being grateful makes people happier and more resilient to the challenges of life.
Each morning when you awake, be grateful that you have another day of life. One of the best ways to understand gratitude is to think of everything as a miracle – the fact that you are alive, that you have a roof over your head, there is food and water available to you and so on.
5 Powerful Gratitude Habits to Practice Daily
- Habit 1. Morning rumination: Grateful for the little things. Start your day off with a grateful mindset. One small but meaningful change you can make is to get up at least a half-hour earlier than you normally would. Instead of rushing head-on into your hectic morning, take time to savour life’s blessings. Put on a pot of coffee. Take some time to stretch. Flex your mental muscle by considering all the good things in your life. Be grateful for all of the plans that you will set into motion today. Feel gratitude for the successes that you will set up for yourself, and the positive effects of the good you do for the world.
- Habit 2. Evening gratitude journaling practice: Grateful for the big things. In the evening before bed is a great time to write down your thoughts about things that are happing in your life, and what reasons you have to be grateful. Night time can be the right time to self-congratulate on a job well done. You might explore your relationships, and find something to be grateful for in each person with whom you share your life’s moments. Take your time and let your mind go to that positive place of hope, encouragement and thankfulness. Get into a writing flow, and go where the gratitude takes you. This is a perfect bedtime wind-down activity to help you sleep and prepare your mind for a fruitful and satisfying tomorrow.
- Habit 3. Seeking grateful in the not-so-great: You don’t need a pen and pad to transform your mindset from negative and stressed to positive, calm and grateful. Remember that gratitude is all about perspective, and the power to be happy lives within your own mind. It starts with becoming an observer. Instead of seeking to pass judgment and classify everything as good or bad, take an objective point of view. Practice seeing the world through others’ eyes, and trying on the lens of different perspectives. The more vast and varied your life experiences, the more readily you will be able to cultivate an ‘attitude of gratitude’.
- Habit 4. Pass the gratitude, please: One way that being grateful can have a ripple effect is by spreading appreciation wherever you go. This is one of the simplest yet most impactful actions to take in your daily life. Imagine a ‘day in the life of a smile’ as it makes the rounds. The scene can unfold like a movie, where it starts with an appreciative thank you for a fresh, buttered roll and hot coffee at the bakery. Then the smile goes on to public transportation where the exchange of human decency — “here, have my seat,” plays out to the soundtrack of a bus’s engine roaring. The smile makes its way to the revolving door of your office building, “After you!” “Thank you.” Smile. And so on.
- Habit 5. Gratitude on the fly: This is a simple way to show gratitude without making the activity feel like a chore or an obligation. Go about your day doing gratitude on the fly. Slow down and watch the faces and body language of people in passing. Seek out reasons to appreciate them or offer kind gestures.
Become more mindful of your words and who they might be impacting at the moment. Grow in awareness of your day’s activities and how you fit into the bigger picture. Give thanks for the work you do, the lives you are able to influence in a positive way, and the people who help make your days brighter and better. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude!
Don’t forget every Sunday I share a Self Care Sunday Idea to help you stay on track in terms of your own self care.
Have a wonderful day, filled with gratitude much love Joanne
Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.