How to Practice Gratitude
The University of Texas Health Science Center reports that, “a growing body of research shows that gratitude is truly amazing in physical and psychosocial benefits.” Such benefits include exercising more often, establishing and maintaining more meaningful relationships, and a reduction in “toxic emotions” like depression, anxiety, and more. Sounds good, right? With gratitude basically being the elixir of life — a key component in living a fuller, happier, and healthier existence — how could we not want to tap into it and reap the benefits?
If you’re looking for everyday ways to practice more gratitude in your life and become a more grateful person, check out my tips below.
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Be intentional about relationships.
The people you surround yourself with can either add to your life or decrease it. Make sure that you are choosing friends and relationships that add to your life. Being intentional means choosing people who have your best interests at heart, who genuinely love and care about you, and bring joy to your life.
Keep a journal.
Journaling about what you have to be grateful for is scientifically proven to cultivating happiness. Try to jot down at least five things per day that make you feel grateful. In times when you’re feeling down, consult your lists so that you can remember all the great things that make you happy. Check out some meaningful writing prompts here.
Write thank you cards.
No, thank you cards are not obsolete. After someone does something kind for you — whether it’s giving you a gift or a simple act of kindness — show them your appreciation by writing out a quick card. The gesture will go along way in the eyes of the other person and it will serve as a reminder to you that there is a lot to me appreciative of.
Engage in meaningful conversations.
Put down your phone and stop talking about the latest Kardashians episode. (I know, Scott Disick’s most recent antics are wack, but please, refrain.) There is so much to talk about with the people you love and care about. There is a whole world out there full of deep-rooted discussions, waiting to be had. And guess what? Science shows that deep, meaningful conversations lead to more fulfilling relationships.
Bite the bullet and try it. At least once. You don’t have to be a monk, sitting naked on a rock pondering all of the socioeconomic turmoil in the world. Slowly attempt to quiet your mind by focusing on one thing. That thing can be whatever makes you happy, what or who brings you joy, or a positive memory. Stick with it for just five minutes to start, then gradually turn it up, minute-by-minute. You’ll be amazed by what you accomplish.
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