The Life-Changing Benefits & Easy Ways To Practice Gratitude Daily

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These ideas will help you build daily habits to focus on using gratitude to get happier.

How Do You Practice Gratitude Today?

Everyone faces struggles and strife in their life. Especially now...

Some people are just so good at dealing with the stress that it seems like their life is perfect. Although establishing healthy practices is super helpful, no one’s life is perfect. Let's face it. Some days are better than others.

Given how hard life can be when your luck is down, it’s easy to fall into a slump. At times like these, feeling sorry for yourself is natural, even inevitable.  But it can quickly become a problem if it goes on for too long.

Dipping your toe into the slump in order to feel what you need is an essential and important step to recognize a loss. However, you can’t stay there. Staying too long in a slump can turn to depression, which can consume you. So, it’s important to learn ways to replace self-pity with more useful feelings.

Gratitude is a way to quickly pivot from one negative feeling to a more positive state of mind.

Bringing Gratitude Into Your Life

Gratitude is a simple concept, but not always easy to put into practice. Being thankful for what you have, and training yourself not to focus on what you don’t have is not easy. Many of us are trained to focus on what is missing in our lives. Establishing an attitude of gratitude helps us stay present to what we DO have and take a minute to be grateful for it. Here are some other reasons to give it a try.

Benefits of Practicing Gratitude Regularly 

A gratitude practice reminds you to pause, put down your worries and stresses, and take a moment to appreciate everything good about your life. It can also manifest as being glad that someone or something is part of your life. Whatever way you choose to practice gratitude, here are 6 positive benefits to it:

1. GRATITUDE STRENGTHENS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

If you’re grateful to have a special person in your life, you’re less likely to take them for granted. Practicing gratitude for them, and for other things in your life makes you happier. And when you’re happier, you will more likely nurture your close relationships.

2. GRATITUDE IMPROVES MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

People who practice gratitude are more likely to eat healthy, and exercise. A good diet and regular activity have been known to improve mental health as well as physical health. Living a balanced life is the key to success and happiness.

3. PRACTICING GRATITUDE TEMPERS ANGER AND INCREASES KINDNESS

It has been proven that one cannot feel anger and gratitude at the same time. Aggressive behavior is less likely when you’re feeling grateful. Gratitude also encourages you to express kindness toward others. Shifting out of anger or any other negative emotion can be as simple changing your thoughts from negative to positive.

4. GRATITUDE BOOSTS SELF-ESTEEM

When you have strong relationships, you feel better about yourself. Self-esteem is the result of building awareness and doing hard things. Focusing on what you’re grateful for boosts self-esteem.

5. IT HELPS YOU SLEEP EASIER (AND BETTER)

When you’re grateful for your life, you are less stressed. Too much stress can have a negative effect on sleep. Therefore practicing gratitude and building in prayer and meditation brings you into a calmer state of mind. When you meditate, you produce more theta brain waves – which mimic those available in deep sleep. Therefore, gratitude helps you sleep better.

6. GRATITUDE CHANGES YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE

Optimism is a side effect of gratitude. If you’re focusing on the good things in your life, you worry less about the bad things. A great way to help you focus on gratitude is to establish a journaling practice. This process becomes much easier when you do it regularly.

Now that we've examined the positive benefits of gratitude, let's explore ways you can build gratitude habits. Building habits to practice gratitude starts with a plan.

Creating a habit in a vacuum is hard. No impossible. And, as much as we'd like to believe it, THINKING about something is absolutely NOT DOING that thing. Here's how to bring gratitude into your life. So, here are some easy ideas to consider to help you build skills and daily habits to focus on gratitude.

10 Easy Ways To Kick Start Your Gratitude Practice

Whether it comes naturally to you or not, feeling grateful, and developing ways to express it are things you can do every day. Check out these 10 simple ways to practice gratitude:

  1. Tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal to jot down your grateful moments.
  3. Thank everyone you meet today. Include passersby, clerks, and others for their service.
  4. Avoid negative social media posts and news.
  5. Take care of your health and develop healthy habits. Use movement to motivate a grateful thought.
  6. Remind yourself to keep your thoughts in the present. Don't allow yourself to dwell in the past or the future.
  7. Examine your current state of balance and happiness using the life-balance wheel. 
  8. Stop one negative habit for one week.
  9. Add inspirational quotes to your office decor.
  10. State one of your strengths or beliefs aloud daily. Do not focus on your shortcomings.

So you can see that establishing a gratitude practice can be easy. And, it's not just recommended but truly can improve your quality of life. And, once you’ve mastered the practice of gratitude, you can pay it forward to others. You can blog about it, write a book, or even turn it into your life’s work. Regardless of what you do with it for others, it's important to just start.

Practicing gratitude is a way to be more present and count your blessings, and it can help chase away feelings of gloom and anxiousness. Life balance is not a destination but a journey filled with constant readjustment. And it is reached when consistent practices are in place. Gratitude can be a part of your daily plan and practice to create sustained joy. Therefore developing a gratitude practice can and really will make you happier.

In conclusion, at times when you feel that things can't get much worse, it's a great time to hit the pause button and reach for one of the 10 simple ways to get more gratitude.  

Why not start NOW?  What will you do today to help you focus on gratitude?

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Cena Block works with ADHD entrepreneurs to turn ADHD blind spots into superpowers through coaching. To learn more about how she can help you, visit her website for a complimentary discovery call.

This article was originally published at Cena Block, Sane Spaces.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.