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Did you know that cultivating gratitude can significantly improve your well-being, and strengthen your relationships with others?

Read on to find out why gratitude is important – and how to bring more of it into your life.

Why gratitude matters

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To put it simply – practicing gratitude makes us happier, and healthier.

Studies have shown that gratitude has a wealth of positive effects on our wellbeing, such as:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Increasing fulfillment
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Giving us an energy boost
  • Improving our feelings of self-esteem
  • Reducing negativity

However, because our brains are negatively biased, it may require some effort before it becomes a habit.

Here’s how you can bring more of it into your life!

  1. Send a ‘Thank you’ note

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Imagine receiving a heartfelt, handwritten note from someone telling you how grateful they are for your help! It’s a sure way to make someone smile – and spread the feeling of gratitude.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal

Keep a journal on your bedside table and write down three things you are grateful at the end of each day. Doing this will mean you’re ending it on a positive note – even if you had to deal with challenges in the day.

If you’re looking for a little guidance in your daily journaling practice, check out Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal.

  1. Perform a random act of gratitude

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Now and then, remind yourself of the things you are grateful for – whether it’s your friends, family, good health – or anything else you truly feel lucky to have. Practicing this is a wonderful way to give yourself a mood boost when you’re feeling down.

  1. Meditate

A woman meditating

We live in a hectic, crazy world – and it can be overwhelming. Dedicating a few minutes to gratitude meditation is a great way to feel calmer and more positive.

Need a little meditation inspiration and guidance? This list of the best meditation apps of 2018 is a great place to start.

  1. Tell someone you appreciate them

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There are probably many wonderful people in your life – but how often do you tell them you appreciate them? Make them feel valued by telling them how lucky you are to have them.

  1. Practice self-gratitude

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Practicing love, kindness, and gratitude towards yourself is essential. Do something nice for yourself -like taking a relaxing, candle-lit bath or giving yourself an extra day off.

  1. Make a gratitude wall

It can be as simple as a few sticky notes to remind you of the things you appreciate in your life. Guaranteed to make you smile whenever you look up!

  1. Create a gratitude ritual

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Rituals are a great way to incorporate gratitude into your everyday. Try and make a habit out of talking about what you’re grateful for at the dinner table.

  1. Give

A woman holding a yellow flower

Giving encourages feelings of gratitude in other people, so why not surprise someone with a small gift – or donate to charity?

  1. Keep a gratitude jar

Write down a few thank you notes each week and stick them in a jar. Read them when you need a little pick-me-up!

  1. Help someone

A woman giving another woman a flower

A helping gesture is a wonderful way to spread kindness and gratitude. Call a friend who you know has been having troubles – or offer to give someone a lift.

  1. Notice the small things

Notice the small things

What if you made an effort to notice, and feel grateful for, the small things? Like, getting a space in the parking lot, or a cute heart on your soy latte?

  1. Express gratitude on social media

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Social media often gets a bad rap, but you can also use it to up your appreciation. Sharing inspiring status updates, photos of things you’re grateful for, or gratitude-related quotes/videos can help turn it into a safe internet space – and inspire others to do the same.

And now – not sure what to cook this Thanksgiving? Here’s the most irresistible vegan Thanksgiving menu ever!

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