Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to shift our perspective from a negative frequency to a positive one. Being grateful for what we already have in our lives often turns everything else into enough. Gratitude helps us dwell in the energy of joy and positivity. I practise gratitude on a daily basis, and the benefits I experience from it are incredible. I feel empowered, happier and so much calmer. I also teach it to my students and my coaching clients. Many of them reported back to me that practicing gratitude has not only changed their lives for the better, but also the lives of those around them. I believe that adding a simple gratitude practice into your day-to-day experience can bring more joy and positivity into your life.
Here are a few of my tips that can inspire you:
Get in the flow of gratitude first thing in the morning
Upon waking up, before you do anything else, begin listing all the things you are grateful for. It could be as simple as acknowledging the good night’s sleep you just had. It could be the sunshine outside today or remembering the amazing evening you just had with your friends. Think of all the things and moments you often take for granted. They are the most precious ones, and deserve your appreciation. Ever since I added this little exercise to my morning routine, my day gets set on a positive note and even if something challenging surprises me throughout the day, I can deal with it with more clarity in my mind and much more calmly than I used to.
Continue having the attitude of gratitude as your day progresses
Throughout the day, notice all the blessings that surround you. Be grateful for the lovely person who smiles at you as you are walking to work. Express gratitude to the colleague who compliments your brand new outfit. Say thank you to the hard-working housekeeper at the hotel you are staying in. Appreciate every sip of the latte you’ve just ordered at your favourite coffee shop or simply send a text to a friend you haven’t seen for a while and tell them that you appreciate them. Also, don’t forget about yourself. Give yourself compliments throughout the day. This is not selfish, but an act of self-love and respect towards yourself. Many people tend to criticise themselves instead of being kind to themselves. Do the exact opposite. Praise yourself for every little accomplishment and notice how you feel at the end of the day.
Get yourself a gratitude journal
Get yourself a nice gratitude journal where you can write all the things you appreciate. Use this journal every day, even when you feel down or de-motivated. This is when you need it most. Remember that what you focus on always expands, so focus on the things that bring you joy. Express gratitude for them, even if some days you have to look a bit harder.
When you go to bed, go over all the things that went well that day
As you are retiring to bed in the evening, go over all the things that went well. Many of us focus on the tasks we have to do the following day, we worry about deadlines, meetings and many things we don’t have control over. Use this precious time to stay on a positive frequency. You will not only set yourself up for a good night sleep, but you will also feel more refreshed in the morning.
There are so many wonderful opportunities to express gratitude every single day. My suggestion is to look for them deliberately. Start with one and the rest will follow. Remember, there is always something to be grateful for. Express gratitude not only on Thanksgiving, but every single day.