Daily gratitude practice may be the easiest thing you can add to your routine to help improve your outlook, relationships with other people and even your health. However, life can feel so busy it can be hard to add anything new to your day. Use this simple list to get your daily gratitude practice started.
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
1. Text a Friend
Send a text letting them know you are grateful for their presence in your life. You will feel good sending it and they will appreciate it.
BONUS: Call Someone You Love
Hearing a loved one’s voice can easily remind you of how grateful you are for them – it will brighten their day and yours.
2. Smile More Often
If you do this often enough it will become second-nature to smile more than frown. Additionally, you will also notice that people around you will often lighten up. A warm smile is contagious.
BONUS: Accentuate the Positive
Take yourself a touch less seriously and let go of all the little complaints going through your mind.
3. Take a Walk
Besides the physical and mental health benefits of getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air, taking a walk can be an opportunity for you to notice things you are grateful for. A beautiful plant, the mountains and even your own two feet!
BONUS: Bring a Friend
Sharing your simple daily gratitude practice with someone in your life will double the benefits.
4. Eat Slowly
Take time to enjoy each bite of food and consider all that had to transpire for the meal in front of you to be possible.
BONUS: Eat in Silence
Meals are such a social time that this may be challenging to do. Perhaps there is one meal you eat by yourself that you can turn off the TV and other technology and simply experience your food.
Learn 3 simple tips for mindful eating here.
5. Set Reminders
Set a few reminders throughout the day to pause and take a breath of gratitude. We tend to keep ourselves so busy that we forget how wonderful it feels to take a deep breath.
BONUS: Meditate Daily
Even five minutes a day can make a huge difference in your life.
Practice actively listening when someone is speaking. When someone finishes speaking make sure you take a breath before jumping in. When you communicate with someone who feels heard, there is much more understanding and gratitude between you.
BONUS: Sit with Someone in Silence
We tend to fill empty spaces with unnecessary words. See if your loved one will sit with you for a short time without speaking. Learning to be truly present to each other deepens our gratitude for every moment.
7. Make a List
Write down seven things you are grateful for and tape them to your mirror. Every morning take a look at the list and remind yourself how much you have to enjoy in this life.
BONUS: Daily Gratitude Journal
Make a list every day of the things that transpired that you are grateful for. Do this for one week and see if you notice a difference in how you feel each day.
Have some tips to add? Leave them in the comments.