When you are grateful for something, you will show appreciation for it by saying thank you, but the feeling of gratefulness goes much deeper than just showing thanks. It’s more like a feeling than an action. It starts inside your brain and manifests itself by your actions. To increase your positivity, follow these 7 ways to become more grateful.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
One of the ways to become more grateful involves practising intentional gratefulness by writing down the things you are grateful for each day. You don’t have to be super detailed, just write bullets about your day and the things that brought you that feeling.
You can also find great mindfulness/gratefulness planners like the one I show in my video. Also, in my article about goal settings, I offer a free workbook that has space for you to take daily notes.
Remember What You’ve Overcome
One way to elicit grateful thoughts is to think about when you overcome something in your life. When you see how far you’ve come, you cannot help but feel good about it.
Find more tips and content to help you out in this article: Self-Improvement & Success.
Keep Track of Those Things That Make You Feel Grateful
When you are living your life if you get a sudden feeling of gratitude, instead of letting it pass, note it. Write it down so that you can think about it more often.
Positivity: Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing all of your attention on the current moment, and accepting it without judgment. This is a great place to start if you are looking for the key element in happiness.
Done correctly, mindfulness will allow you to decrease your stress and anxiety, minimize the amount of time that you spend feeling overwhelmed, and help you appreciate each small moment as it happens. In a world of chaos, mindfulness might just be the trick you need to learn to be able to cope with the madness.
Use Positive Language
When you are talking about things focus on the type of words you use. Try to turn any words with a negative connotation into positive words instead. Using the outcomes is helpful.
- Why not? -> Sound good!
- Can’t complain -> I’m good, thanks!
- Does that make sense? (I’m totally guilty for using this one too often) -> Do you have any thoughts or questions?
- Smile when you speak, it will make a huge difference
Hubspot published an article about the 7 R’s method which is fantastic!
Tell People Thank You
When people help you, are good to you, polite and do things for you always tell them “thank you”. Even if it’s their job to do it, be the type of person that is a bright light in their day too by verbally telling them thanks.
You can be creative! Like, make a handcrafted card, with flowers. You will find 20 ways to be creative with Lifehack here
Fake It till You Make It
While you don’t want to stuff your feelings long term, going through the motions by saying thanks, keeping the journal, meditating and/or praying will go a long way to triggering the right feelings of gratitude that you can conjure up whenever you need them.
As you focus on gratitude, something interesting will happen to you. You’ll start to notice the smallest things, like the gentle fragrant breeze after it rains, the smile on your child as he sleeps, and the nice things your spouse does without even thinking about it like giving you a foot rub for two minutes after work while discussing your day. It all adds up to a good life that you want to feel good about.
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