This holiday is always a time for many of us – myself included – to reflect on everything we are grateful for.
But what if we actually created a daily gratitude practice? How would something like that impact your life?
The practice of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to change your life. Keeping a gratitude journal is an excellent way to start noticing and counting your blessings. It’s simple, yet powerful.
Not into journaling? No worries! There are many ways to add the practice of gratitude so that you stay focused on appreciating all the amazing things you have in your life. Here are a few simple ways to create a daily gratitude practice:
- Compliment a stranger—how many times have you admired someone’s haircut or blouse, but not complimented them on it? Start today when you’re picking up some last minute items at the grocery store.
- Let someone ahead of you in line — remember how it feels when you have one item, and all the people in front of you have a shopping cart full? Guess what? Everyone feels that way. The next time you get the opportunity, let that person go in front of you.
- Avoid negative media—it’s tough to stay focused on all the goodness around you when you allow all the negative news in the world to play in front of you every day. Find positive TV, movies and other media to watch instead.
- Cherish your friends—when was the last time you told your BFF how much you appreciate them being in your life? Not because of anything they’ve done, but just for loving and supporting you throughout your life’s journey.
- Listen deeply—so often, when we listen to someone talk we are rehearsing what we want to say next. Notice how often you do that and practice listening intently to the person, even if they are telling you about something that doesn’t interest you.
- Go outside and relish—most of us don’t get out into nature as much as we should. And that’s a shame because we miss out on so many wonders! Take time to go outside more. Go to the park and listen to the kids squeal with delight. Watch a hummingbird at your neighbor’s feeder. Enjoy the beauty of the natural world.
- Practice not complaining—when you start to notice how often you complain, you’ll be amazed! One day a week, practice not complaining, but rather reframe everything to put a positive, grateful spin on it. And mean it!
How will you implement a daily gratitude practice? Hit reply and let me know!
PS: I have a special for Black Friday, so check your email Friday morning 😉
Grateful for YOU.