5 Easy Ways To Practice Gratitude


I. What is Gratitude?
Gratitude helps us see our situation in a way that can calm our minds and open up our thinking to new solutions. In today’s sedentary lifestyle, people aren’t hardwired to practice gratitude. And, like any skill worth having, gratitude needs work.

Not only does gratitude make us happier, but it also strengthens our relationships and helps us form a clear perspective. Besides, when we are aware of our blessings and appreciate them regularly, the universe showers us with all the more blessings. This works on the simple philosophy of “Law of Attraction”, which states that you attract what you are.

Also Read: Secret of Happiness In Life – A Motivational story

II. How To Practice Gratitude?

Turn every day into Thanksgiving Day and attract more blessings into your life with these simple & effective techniques.

  1. Write A Gratitude Letter

Recollect a friend, colleague or a family member who did something really wonderful for you. Write a letter to him/her expressing just how thankful you are. Inculcate details about how wonderful it made you feel & how thrilled you are to have them in your life. Sure this might sound a little old school, but if it can put a smile on someone’s face, it’s certainly worth the effort. Alternatively, you can also place sticky notes expressing gratitude on your friends’ or family member’s car, bedroom wall or mirror. Try this activity for a week and at the end of the week, you’ll realize just how many wonderful people you have in your life.

  1. Look For The Positive In Negative

When you start looking for the “good” in every situation, your life can transform manifold times. Having an optimistic & gratuitous outlook in the roughest of times not only increases your vibrational energy, but also helps you attract those with positive energy. Positivity is like a muscle that can become strong only with hard work. So keep flexing your positivity muscle and watch how it changes your day, week, month and eventually life.

  1. Prepare A Gratitude Journal

Someone has rightly said that feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it. We all certainly have at least five things to be grateful for every single. Record all such things in a journal, along with the reason why you’re thankful for it. Always place this journal on your work desk so that it keeps reminding you of your blessings. To get you started, here’s a list of 15 things you can be grateful for.

  • Your family
  • Your friends (work, school or neighborhood)
  • Your pet
  • Your job/profession
  • Your mind
  • Your good health
  • Your five senses
  • Mother Nature
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Books & Music
  • Sunrise & Sunset
  • Weekends
  • Fresh Air
  • Vacations
  • Laughter
  1. Take A Sensory Walk

How often do we move hastily from place to place unmindful of what surrounds us? Take a walk near your home and pay attention to the sensations around you. Spend some time with a tree or building, observe the sound of birds, and notice the light. Nature holds the key to our well-being and when we’re in fine-tune with nature, blessings flow in on their own. Absorb all of these feelings and be thankful for each sensation.

  1. Be humble

Gratitude calls for humility, which according to the dictionary is defined as being “modest and respectful.” Explore where this definition fits in your life and respect every small-huge thing in your life.

Also Read: Power of Positive Thinking

III. Technology to Help You Stay Grateful

 

  1. Grateful: A Gratitude Journal

This iOS app provides daily prompts to inculcate in you the habit of expressing what you’re thankful for. To get you thinking, the app welcomes with a question. Furthermore, it encourages you to write at least five good things daily, add pictures, and rate the day.

  1. The Gratitude Jar

This website allows you to share what you’re grateful for with the world and view others’ gratitude statements to get motivated.

  1. Red Stamp

This iOS app allows you to send personalized cards and notes through text, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and paper mail. It’s a great & easy way to thank your loved ones.

  1. Gratitude Diary

Gratitude Diary is a free easy to use journal app that lets you make multiple entries each day. For every entry, you need to mention a particular title followed by details of what you’re grateful for. Gratitude Diary keeps entries arranged according to the calendar date, and it may be helpful for users who don’t require a number of features. The only drawback is that the app doesn’t allow you to add photos, or share your entries.

Also Read:7 Things Happy People Do Differently From Others
Do you have any other tried & tested hack to practice gratitude? Don't forget to share it with us in the comments section below.

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