What I have learned is that when it becomes a chore or a "have to" then it is time to shake up how you are recording and practicing gratitude. There are so many ways to practice gratitude and the benefits of having a practice of gratitude have been proven scientifically.
Here are just a few ways to incorporate and practice gratitude in your daily life:
- Think back over the past year and remember those individuals who have done a kind act or helped you in some way. Send them a thank you note (not an email, but an actual handwritten note!) Not sure about their address? Message them and ask them for it.
- As you awaken tomorrow morning and get out of bed, say, "Thank you" for another day, each step you take, give thanks for the ability to breath, that you have warm running water, that you are able to go to work, that you have a paycheck…. You get the idea!
- Call up a friend and invite them over for dinner to just thank them for being in your life.
The benefits of creating a practice of gratitude? Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude sleep on average 30 minutes more a night. Individuals have reported having better emotional health, some have even reported weight loss!
So here is to beginning a practice of gratitude. Let me know what ways you are practicing and what you noticed since beginning the practice.