6 Simple Ways to Start Being More Grateful
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How to cultivate gratitude?
As you work to incorporate the Law of Attraction lessons into your daily life, an important theme will be your attempt to stay positive.
Cultivating gratitude is a powerful way to combat negativity and anxiety.
When you focus on the things that make you feel happy and lucky to be alive, you radiate an infectious optimism that attracts only the best in the world around you.
It's time to be more grateful for things, both in the form of words and gestures. Therefore, down below you'll find some strategies that will help you to be a little more grateful in your day-to-day.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Find a notebook with a pretty cover (or a layout that you cover with your own photos) and use it as your designated gratitude journal.
You can write it every day, every other day, or even once a week, but it should only contain notes about things you've experienced or are truly grateful for.
Psychologists point out that this practice can increase daily energy and reduce focus on pain. Remember, you're not just looking for big events like a marriage proposal or a new job.
You should add all the little things that make you feel good, like a warm bath that soothes sore muscles, listening to your favorite music, or snuggling with your pet.
The purpose of this exercise is to avoid taking things for granted and find joy in everyday experiences.
Practice gratitude affirmations
You may already be reciting affirmations that connect to your main goals (such as finding love, developing your career, or increasing your self-esteem).
However, it is worth adding an affirmation that will help you become your gratitude.
It can be as simple as saying "I'm ready to greet the day and I'll be grateful for all the beautiful things I find" or "I'm grateful for all the exciting opportunities in life."
If you wish, tailor your affirmation to reflect specific things that inspire gratitude, such as loved ones, health, financial stability, or talents.
Make a photo collage
Try putting together a photo collage that connects you to your feelings of gratitude. An obvious way to approach this is to use images of yourself and your loved ones, but you can be as creative as you like.
For example, you could cut out symbolic pictures from magazines, each representing a source of joy in your life.
However, when you approach the collage, be sure to mount it in a place where you will see it on a daily basis.
You might want to put it on the first wall you see when you wake up in the morning, or perhaps near your workstation (at home or in the office, if you're free to do so).
While there is a lot of power in saying “thank you” daily (spoken in stores, during a daily commute, or when a stranger helps you), you can also try to communicate your deepest feeling of gratitude to the people who have made a lasting impact.
Think about the people who shaped and changed your life for the better, and consider some ways you can communicate how grateful you are.
Some people may be especially touched by a letter that lists all the things you appreciate, while someone else may prefer a few short words of thanks along with a gift (such as an engraved piece of jewelry).
Find the positive
When you have a spare hour to reflect, try an exercise that finds the silver lining in some of life's toughest times. Write down 5-10 of the things you hold most dear, such as relationships, experiences, possessions, or even life lessons that are especially helpful to you.
Then, next to each item on the list, write at least one difficulty that, if you hadn't faced it, would not have helped you appreciate that item more.
Keep the list as a reminder that every seemingly negative event can lead to something incredibly worthwhile and important.
Give back to society
Sometimes the thing that inspires gratitude the most is realizing that you like a lot of basic things that others sadly don't, like a safe place to stay, enough money to buy food, and knowing that people are taking care of you.
When you think of that kind of gratitude, why not do something to give back to the world around you? You can do regular volunteer work, deliver flowers to a nursing home, or make a donation to a cause you care about.
The main idea here is that making a point of reflection about things that are easy to take for granted can not only help you realize how lucky you are but also give you the opportunity to improve the lives of others.
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