Today I am practicing gratitude, something I overlook more often than I would like to admit.
I am grateful for all of the healthy food I have access to. I am grateful for friends who make me laugh until I make funny noises. I am grateful for my dog who I find more solace in than people sometimes. I am grateful for my family who through ups and downs have taught me how to be strong. I am grateful for the lake and it’s calming sounds. I am grateful for trees and the endless oxygen they provide.
Without these things in my life I couldn’t live they way I am and for that I am truly grateful.
The benefits of practicing gratitude are plenty. They range from an overall more positive attitude, to getting better sleep at night. One way that I like to practice gratitude is by keeping a Gratitude Journal and writing down at least 3 different things a day that I am grateful for. Find a moment in your day that you can keep consistent and write down that which you are grateful for.
Why keep it to yourself?
If you’re feeling extra gracious some days, try writing a letter or sending a text or best yet, telling someone face to face how grateful you are to have them in your life!
Other ways to practice Gratitude:
- Practice 1 random act of kindness each day
- Watch videos that inspire you such as a TedTalk or other YouTube video
- Volunteer at a local charity
- Watch your words: don’t speak negatively about anyone, including yourself!
- Live mindfully (in the moment)
- Be thankful for challenges put in your path as they are meant as lessons to guide you
Once you get in the habit of practicing daily gratitude, it is hard to stop. You start seeing things align differently in your life and you start creating a field of energy that welcomes positivity and kindness.