3 Simple Ways To Cultivate Gratitude Every Day
October has been such a beautiful month of friends, feasts, and fresh air, and I am awash in the magic of gratefulness.
Gratitude brings peace and fulfillment in the instant of its experience. A deep breath and a contemplative moment spent accepting our present situation and feeling grateful makes everything, exactly as it is in this moment, worthy and enough. This is something that we all know, along with the idea that eating right and exercising is paramount to having a healthy body, we know gratitude and appreciation for what we have is vital to a healthy mind and spirit. Knowing doesn’t always translate to a choice to act, though, and despite our knowledge we are still faced with moments when the gracious path is too steep for us, and that’s okay. It’s practice. Like everything else we can hope to improve at, it takes practice. Gratitude is no exception.
We can definitely make it easier to react gratefully, here are 3 easy things we can do everyday to feed our gratitude habit:
- SHARE YOUR FEELINGS
Your alarm screeches through your dreams. You snooze it a few times before finally dragging yourself out of bed. Heading down the hall to the kitchen for coffee, you stub your toe on the door frame. Of course, now you’re running late, because you snoozed so many times! Finally you pile out the door, and hunting for keys you drop your bag, then notice toothpaste on your shirt. Just as you click the deadbolt into place, you realize you forgot your cellphone on the hall table where you put it down to pull on your coat. You sigh. It’s going to be one of those days.
One of the quickest ways to change the course of a day that’s off to a rocky start is to reach to out to someone you care about and share your love. Interrupt the vibration of your day’s unpleasant beginning by sending love and gratitude out into the world. Call a friend, send an email or a text, and let them know you care and that you’re thinking about them. What better way to brighten your own day by showering a little love into someone else’s? It doesn’t take much, even a few gracious, loving words will do the trick!
But you don’t have to take my word for it! Watch this great experiment conducted by the wonderful folks at Soul Pancake.
- PRAY YOUR BILLS
I love this one! And it has a great ring to it, so it’s easy to remember. Rather than stressing about this bills you have, be thankful for the service or product you are paying for. Next time you sit down at your laptop to use your online banking service to pay your car insurance, your cell phone bill, your bundled cable and internet bill, your credit card bills, pause for a moment and consider what there is to be grateful for. As you do this you subconsciously attune your perspective toward other opportunities to say ‘thanks.’ Is it your power bill you’re paying? You have heat, hot water, and lights that can be turned on at will! That is certainly worth a ‘thank you.’ I’d say!
- KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
This is one of the best things I’ve ever done for bring gratitude more front and centre in my life! Every night write down a few things that you’re grateful for. Celebrate the day, even in the smallest way. If you get to the end of the day and you don’t feel accomplished, make note of even the smallest detail. The cup of coffee that was a delicious way to start your morning. This is a wonderful thing to look back on as time passes, often the small details of life are the sweetest and the first to vanish from memory. Also, just the knowledge that I was going to have to write something down about gratitude at the end of the day made me focus on including potential gratitude subject matter in my day! Give it a try. Find a journal and a pen you love and right before you go to sleep spend a few minutes retrieve the details about your day that make you smile, that you are proud of, that you are fortunate for experiencing!