Having an attitude of gratitude for the things in your life is one of the best ways to have a positive outlook, improve your daily mood, and keep control over your day (and life). That said, it’s not always easy to learn to practice gratitude. The good news is there are dozens of simple things you can do each day to slow down and focus on what you’re thankful for. Here are some to get you started:
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each morning, or evening before bed, take a minute to write down something you were grateful for.
- Write a thank-you letter to someone who could use a show of appreciation. Hand-write the letter and either hand-deliver it or send it by mail.
- Every evening at the dinner table, ask each person to share something they’re grateful for. This isn’t something you have to reserve for Thanksgiving day.
- Know that nothing is too small to be thankful for. Don’t be picky about your choices. Were you grateful that the newspaper was by your door and not in the middle of your lawn this morning? Acknowledge it.
- Release your worries about the past and recognize you can’t control the future. Be mindful and present in the now and focus on each day – one at a time.
- Think of everything in your life as the unique gift that it is. Laughter, the presence of a friend or neighbor, your morning breakfast (or cup of coffee) – every day is a gift, as is each aspect of the day.
- Tell someone you are grateful, with words from your mouth. “I’m so grateful for your friendship…” is a simple way to start.
Add an expression of gratitude to your day, every day, and watch how your attitude end up changing. Your positivity will become infectious and start impacting those around you as well.
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