Gratitude isn’t a common habit, but without gratitude, life is more challenging than it needs to be. Feeling grateful resets your perspective, and this is a gift you can give yourself each day. If you find yourself feeling pessimistic or overwhelmed, a little gratitude can get your attitude back on the right track.
Gratitude is free, enjoyable, and effective.
Practice gratitude each day with these actions:
- Write it down. Make a daily habit of writing down a few things that produce a feeling of gratitude. Ideally, you’ll do this early and late in the day. That way, your day starts on the right foot and sets you up for a good night of sleep.
- Be grateful for the little things. There are plenty of small things you can be grateful for each day. A great cup of coffee, the sound of birds in the morning, or the fact that you have a new set of tires on your car can all uplift your mood.
- Go for a gratitude walk. A gratitude walk is a great way to get out of your head. Go for a walk and look for things that instill gratitude; a beautiful tree, a child playing in her yard, a friendly dog, or a nice, cool breeze are all possible examples of things to inspire gratitude.
- Avoid making comparisons. When you compare one thing to another, you demean it. Be grateful for a thing exactly as it is — apply this to people and things.
- Tell people you’re thankful. Show people that you’re grateful by thanking them, whether it’s your neighbor for keeping his yard so nice or the cashier at the store. Express your gratitude by letting them know.
- Enjoy your pet. Pets give us plenty of reasons to feel gratitude. Give your pet some extra attention. You’ll both feel better.
- Donate your time or money. Give your resources to something that you think is valuable to the world. It could be a charity or another organization doing work you support. Time and money can have a great impact.
- Make a list of things that impress you about yourself. Have a little gratitude for yourself, too. What what do you see when you take a long, hard look at yourself? You’ll not only be expressing gratitude, but you’ll also be doing wonders for your self-esteem. Do this from a place of honesty, not to bolster the Ego, but honestly assess your good characters and successes experienced.
- Write a positive review for a business you appreciate. Business owners love positive reviews. It makes them feel good and can boost their business. Be supportive, and express your gratitude.
- Meditate on the things that inspire gratitude. Put your focus and attention on those things for which you’re most grateful. You might develop an even greater appreciation for them.
- Minimize judging and complaining. Judging and complaining are the opposite of gratitude. People that do this aren’t enjoyable to be around, either. Keep your negative thoughts and opinions to yourself. Avoid judging others, and you’ll find that you’re happier and less stressed. Also, you have no idea what that other person is going through or has been through in the past.
- Be thankful at mealtimes. Since you eat at least one meal each day, this a great way to develop a habit of expressing gratitude. Be grateful for your food and the people sharing it with you.
Be grateful for everything you have. Even if you’re struggling to survive below the poverty level, you’re still living better than the vast majority of the world’s population. That doesn’t mean you have to be satisfied with your current situation, but you can still be grateful for what you do have. By focusing on gratitude, you may find things being to take a turn for better. The Universe gives us more of what we focus on. In other words, if you focus on lack, you will get more of that. If you focus on gratitude, you receive more for which to feel grateful.
Practice gratitude. I will lift your mood and change your perspective. Your opportunities for success will increase. And you’ll receive even more good things for which to be grateful!
The Trivedi Effect® strengthens the connection of your Spirit to the God of your understanding, allowing growth and success in your life. It also makes it easier to remain in gratitude. If you are interested in learning more, contact Inthirani Arul, a scientifically validated healer and best-selling author.