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Why do I practice gratitude daily? Is it really as important as everyone says? In my opinion, yes it is. Ever since I started thinking more about what I’m grateful for every day, I have felt so much happier.
In your lifetime, it is so easy to focus on the negative. You can constantly be thinking about what you haven’t got instead of the great things you have got. I realised recently that forgetting about this can have such a harsh impact on your mindset. Your mind will tell you that your life sucks even though it doesn’t. You always have something to be grateful for. You just need to remind yourself on a daily basis. Or as often as possible until your brain can’t make you argue with yourself about it anymore.
In this blog post, I will be sharing a few creative ways in which you can express your gratitude.
Start A Gratitude Journal
You have probably seen a lot of bloggers like myself talking about starting a gratitude journal. I used to ignore posts like that and think that it wouldn’t help me in any way. Or worry that my parents would judge me if they found the notebook that I wrote everything in at some point in the future. However, you shouldn’t worry about this.
I had plenty of spare notebooks lying around and let me just say, this is the best thing I have ever used one of them for! I can’t recommend it enough. You can keep it simple and answer one gratitude prompt a day in your journal. As long as you practice gratitude and write in your journal at some point in the morning and evening- you’re golden.
It’s really easy yet effective thing to do!
Also one of my favourite bloggers Tia Harding created an amazing ebook all about journaling. It is called “Journal To Happiness” and is what inspired me to start journaling in the first place. All of her ebooks are amazing so I can’t recommend this one enough if you want to get started with a journal but you don’t know how or where to start.
Have A Gratitude Rant
This idea was inspired by Faith from The Radical Transformation Project when she mentioned about doing this sort of thing in her amazing podcast. It is a personal favourite of mine.
Anyway, before I go on a rant about how amazing Faith and her podcast is. I will quickly tell you all about my gratitude rant idea. It is probably the easiest way to remind yourself what you should be grateful for.
Simply go on a rant about everything you are grateful for. Whether you write it down in your journal, say it in your head or say it out loud. Just go off and ramble on and on and on about what you need to show gratitude for. Only stop when you honestly can’t think of anything else.
You will be surprised how long you can go on for.
Tell Others How Grateful You Are
Don’t just write down or tell yourself what you are grateful for. Tell other people too. Is there anyone in your life who has helped you a lot during a difficult time? Tell them. Have you ever thanked a teacher properly for helping you get the grades you wanted? Do it! Do your friends and family know how grateful you are to have them in your life? Make sure you tell them this today and many other days in the future.
There is nothing better than thinking back about all the people you should be thanking. It will help you realise what amazing people you have had as a part of your life and how lucky you are. These people helped to shape who you are today and you should practise gratitude by telling them this. Don’t be shy and hold back. Just do it. Because it will feel amazing for them and you.
Live In The Present
Living in the present is such an important thing to do whilst practicing gratitude. Don’t think about the past or the future. Just take some time to sit down and think about what you are grateful for in this exact moment in time. Don’t overthink or complicate it. Look around you, think about how you are feeling, where you are, what you’re doing etc. It is a great exercise to do.
I am currently lying in my bed and cuddling with my cat. So, I could say I am grateful for my bed and my cat. Simple as that. That rhymed, but oh well!
Well I can’t make a blog post about gratitude without promoting my new opt-in. I sat back and created a Gratitude and Goal Setting Worksheet for you all to enjoy. It asks you 3 simple questions that I would like you to answer throughout the entirety of the day.
You can print it out and use it as many times as you would like. As long as it’s doing you good, keep on using it.
I would love to know if you have used it and if it has helped you at all. Please let me know in the comments or send me a message as I would love to know your thoughts.
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I am so grateful for every one of you reading this right now.