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Everyone can benefit from making the conscious decision to practice gratitude every day.  Practising gratitude, by expressing daily gratitude to yourself and to others,  amplifies your appreciation for all the good things you have in your life.

There are numerous benefits of practicing gratitude.  If you start a gratitude practice, and make it a daily part of your life, you will feel more grateful, more thankful and more appreciative of everything you have in your life.  Gratitude changes your mindset.  Starting a gratitude practice can create real change in your life.  Focusing on gratitude helps you feel more positive about your life and ensures you see and capture the limitless opportunities available to you.

The 7 steps I’m about to share can help you start feeling more grateful, and appreciative of the good things in your life.  They will help you seek out and notice the good things in your life; pay more attention to the people you’re thankful for and the things you appreciate; and show you how to express gratitude to yourself and others daily.

In this article I’ll share how you can experience more gratitude by practicing gratitude daily and give you 7 tips on how you can have more gratitude in your daily life.

Why is it important to practice gratitude?

 You can life a happier and more abundant life when you’re grateful as you are more focused on the things that are good in your life, rather than negative things.

Gratitude can improve your feelings about yourself, improve your relationships and help you improve your physical and mental health.

People feel and express gratitude in many different ways.  The reason?   Gratitude makes you feel good because it emphasises the positive and amplifies your experiences of everything and everyone that is important to you.

When you ask yourself “What are you grateful for?” it gives you the chance to step back and identify everything that’s important.  This gratitude practice helps you place a higher value the things and people that are most important to you.  This focus naturally makes you feel happier.

7 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

 Here are 7 simple ways to start your gratitude practice.

1. Gratitude shifts your attention to what matters in the moment

 Developing a gratitude practice enhances your experience in the present moment.  By being present to that single moment in time, and appreciating everything about it, you begin to become more grateful for all of these little moments.

Expressing gratitude doesn’t have to be about giving thanks to big things all the time.  It is often the smallest of things that create the biggest impact or change in our lives.

But if we don’t take a moment to acknowledge the moment, and be grateful for it, it will just fade away.  A gratitude practice is all being present.  If you want to build up your own practice of gratitude notice, and pay attention to, all of the good things you experience in the present.

 2. Remind yourself of what you’re grateful for

 It can be difficult sometimes to feel grateful.  You may be experiencing challenges in your life that you can’t see any positives about.  During these time, gratitude becomes even more important.

If you can find gratitude in your challenges, your gratitude practice becomes even more powerful.

When difficult moments strike, try to find something, however small, to express thanks or appreciation for.

Alternatively, take the focus away from yourself.  Spend some time with loved ones, do something you love to do, volunteer, or practice some other form of mindfulness.

3. Feel gratitude for the little things

When you express gratitude for the little things in your life their value grows.  The benefit of that gratitude practice is that the bigger things you’re grateful for grow even more in value.

A powerful gratitude practice means you appreciate something daily, however small.  This could be sending someone a handwritten note, noticing the beauty in nature each day, saying thank you more often or making a conscious effort to appreciate when things are given to you, or done for you.

If you keep a gratitude journal, mix up the things you write in it each day.  Expressing gratitude can become boring if you appreciate the same things each day.

Look for the small things that you’re happy about or grateful for, and take the time to acknowledge them.

 4. Focus on abundance, not scarcity

A gratitude mindset and an abundance mindset are heavily connected.  Gratitude can change your perspective and mindset for the better and increase more positive thinking.

When you focus on abundance and the opportunities available, you feel more grateful for what you have right now, and what you could have in the future.

When you have a scarcity mindset, you feel that there aren’t enough good things for you now and there will never be enough good things for you in the future.

Gratitude and abundance are focused on the limitless opportunities available, which creates positive feelings.  A scarcity mindset, in contrast, can result in feelings of fear, stress, anxiety.  The result, is a feeling that there isn’t actually anything to be grateful for.

If you focus on having an abundance mindset, you’ll feel more grateful every day.

5. Limit your gratitude practice to 3 things a day

Whether you’re writing in your gratitude journal or just saying what you’re grateful for each day, picking three things to express gratitude for is a great place to start.

The practice of gratitude should be something you want to do each day.  That you look forward to expressing gratitude each day.

Picking three things to be grateful for is manageable.  You won’t feel overwhelmed to have to find more and more things to be grateful for.

If you intentionally choose three things each day to be grateful for, it becomes easier for gratitude to become a habit, and for you to stick with a gratitude practice.

6. Make your gratitude practice a habit

Practicing gratitude each day builds a habit.  Building a habit takes consistency and daily practice.  If you want to learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude commit to being grateful every day for a specific period of time.

The more you express gratitude daily, the more powerful your gratitude becomes.  If you skip days, your gratitude becomes less powerful.

7. Be proactive with your gratitude 

There is a big difference between reactive gratitude and proactive gratitude.  Reactive gratitude is simply saying thank you, or feeling appreciative when something happens to you.

Reactive gratitude is good, but proactive gratitude is more powerful.  With proactive gratitude you are making a choice to be grateful to someone or for something proactively.

Nothing has to happen first for you to be grateful.  You are causing yourself to be grateful, rather than being grateful as an effect of something else.

This might mean sending handwritten cards just because you want to express your appreciation.  Writing down everything you appreciate about someone.

It can be anything, but the point is that you choose to express gratitude first, without expecting anything in return.

Conclusion

Practicing gratitude can make you feel happier, more positive, more energetic and make you appreciate everything you have in your life in technicolour.

Use these 7 tips to create your own gratitude practice.  Research by University of Berkeley has found that you’re more likely to achieve your goals if you consciously practice gratitude.  That’s a good enough reason to start your own gratitude practice.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

Do you have a gratitude practice?  What’s the number one benefit of gratitude for you?

Let me know in the comments.

About the Author

Mark Pettit is the Founder of Lucemi Consulting and a small business coach to business owners who want to simplify their time, energy and focus so they can multiply their freedom, impact and results.

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