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
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!
Send a ‘Thank you’ note
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.
Keep a gratitude journal
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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.
Perform a random act of gratitude
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.
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.
Tell someone you appreciate them
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.
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.
Make a gratitude wall
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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!
Create a gratitude ritual
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.
Giving encourages feelings of gratitude in other people, so why not surprise someone with a small gift – or donate to charity?
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!
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.
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?
Express gratitude on social media
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.
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