Happy New Year! This year, if there’s one thing I want anyone reading my blog to be able to take away, it is the power of living a life of gratitude.
Ever since the 2000’s, the ‘gratitude’ philosphy has exploded. You might ask where to begin, and it’s actually easier done than you think. So, here are some simple examples that will help you enter into the mindframe of grateful living.
HOW TO FEEL GRATEFUL
- Start your day on a positive note. How?
Well, acknowledge the basics.
You had a comfortable bed to sleep on (and an air conditioner/heater), you slept with food in your belly, you woke up to the opportunity to live another day.
- Check-in with yourself, especially in the moments you’re feeling crappy.
What are somethings that went RIGHT today? It could be something as simple as getting a cold glass of water on a hot summer day when you desperately needed it, or a receiving a smile/compliment from somebody that made you smile!
- Identify the people and things that make your life easier, instead of harder.
– Does somebody drop you to school/work everyday, to whom you forget to say thanks when you get out of the car, or to wish ‘good morning’?
– Do you have a steady internet connection that lets you talk to that long-distance boyfriend/girlfriend you’re pissed off at?
We take a lot of things for granted, especially people.
Start recognising everything comfortable about your life, even in the situations that make you unhappy.
HOW TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE
- Don’t be shy to tell people they make you happy!
Find ways to appreciate and compliment people, genuinely. Not only will this break barriers in the most unstable of relationships, it will help you see people for their goodness, not just everything that’s wrong with them.
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- Write about it.
At the end of your day, take out 5 minutes and write yourself an email about the 5 highlights of your day! If you enjoy journalling, this could actually make a great journal idea too.
- Return the favour.
Give other people the opportunity to feel your gratitude towards them, for what they did for you. But in your own style. Sometimes, a small, handwritten note can go a long way, or buying someone a coffee. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just heartfelt.
HOW TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF GRATITUDE
- Be the change you want to see.
This might mean being the person at work that always drops a mail to the whole team for their hard work (no matter what level you are at), or the person that converts tough situations at home by seeing the good in them.
- Change your vocabulary.
Start using words like “blessed” and “grateful” in your day to day conversations, and not just as an Instagram hashtag!
Ultimately, gratitude is an attitude, and also a skill. It takes some retraining and inner reprogramming, but the more you practice it, the larger the ripple effect will be in your life.
Let me also take the opportunity to express my gratitude to you, for reading this and supporting my blog, in whatever capacity that you do. THANK YOU! 🙂
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