Gratitude is one of the most positive emotions you can have. It is the ability to appreciate and focus on what you have instead of what you don’t. It is the intentional pause to reflect and take in all that is good in life. It is a release of taking anyone or anything for granted. Gratitude is finding contentment, satisfaction and fulfillment in the truth of now.
All in all, gratitude is a desirable feeling. In fact, the research shows that gratitude can improve interpersonal relationships and sleep, increase self efficacy and positivity, whilst decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. Despite the innumerable benefits gratitude brings, it takes conscious cultivating to become more innate. Below are some ideas of ways to begin cultivating gratitude more consistently in your life. Keep in mind, what works for you, may not work for others, and vice versa. So it is up to you to find your best method(s).
Keep a gratitude journal
Writing clears your mind of intrusive thoughts, shifting the mind into a reflective state to grow and evolve for the better. Taking time to reflect on life and tangibly write down one thing you are thankful for each day is a step to living a grateful life.
Count your blessings
No time to journal? That is okay! Mentally thinking about the people, places and things you have to be grateful for in life can be just as powerful in making gratitude a practice you live by.
Thinking leads to believing, which then leads to acting. Verbally expressing appreciation is an act of gratitude, and as you know, words are powerful.
The act of meditating on that which you are grateful connects the mind and body. Using tools taught through meditation like, visualization of someone or something that you love can help you tune into the feelings your body experiences when in a grateful state of being.
Write a letter to yourself
It is easy to get caught in the cycle that gratitude is to be expressed outwardly, but what about inwardly? Write a letter to yourself thanking yourself for being you.
As Tony Robbins says, “Energy flows where your attention goes.” How will you bring attention to living a life of gratitude?
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– Casey Edmonds, MPH, CHWC, CMS, CPT, CILC