New Ways to Practice Gratitude
Expressing gratitude for the amazing things in your life is one of the best ways to boost your mood, become happier, and feel content in your life. While many people choose to write down their gratitude in their journal, there are many other ways to practice gratitude and still get the same benefits. If you have been looking for some new options to be more grateful for the blessings in your life, here are some great places to start.
Start a Mindful Practice
Mindfulness and gratitude are very closely linked and can work together without trying too hard. If you want to be more grateful, it helps to also have a daily mindful practice. Every time you experience something in your day, and can channel that moment with mindfulness, just think of how you think or feel in that moment. Don’t let your mind wander to what you will do next or what you need to do next week.
Just sit in that present moment, acknowledge how you feel, and be grateful for the moment you are experiencing. The more you do this, the more it just becomes a habit you don’t even have to think about.
Tell People You Are Grateful
You don’t have to keep your gratitude all to yourself! The more you tell other people how much you appreciate them, the more you will feel that gratitude yourself. You don’t have to keep your gratitude all to yourself! If someone does you a favor, holds a door open, lends an ear, or offers their friendship, say thank you. Tell people how much you appreciate them, and in what ways they have improved your life.
Be More Inquisitive About WHY You Are Grateful
If you are having trouble keeping up with your gratitude practice, ask yourself questions about how you feel about something. Be more inquisitive overall to understand what makes you feel joy and what things you are most grateful for. Get curious with your own mind and thoughts, understand what triggers you to be happy.
Do you enjoy being around others or are you more of an introvert who is most grateful for times at home alone? Are you someone who can enjoy a good book or do you prefer watching movies? How does a gentle fitness routine and nutritious food feel to you? What do you tend to feel most grateful for on a daily basis?