7 Simple Ways to Practice ‘Gratitude’

waw_gratitude_gratitude-definitionEveryone experiences situations where it’s difficult to ‘see the positive’ in things. This is especially true when we hit an obstacle in our lives or are consumed with looming fear. However, these are actually the perfect times to practice gratitude. By taking the time to consciously be thankful for the things we do have and experience, we lessen the fear and anxiety and open ourselves up to new ways of thinking. This also opens the doors to discovering untapped solutions to our issues.

Gratitude puts situations into perspective. When we can see the good as well as the bad, it becomes harder to complain and stay stuck. Gratitude helps us realize what we have. Having an awareness of what we’re grateful for can lessen our tendency to want more all the time. Gratitude strengthens relationships, improves health, reduces stress, and in general, makes us happier. Bottom Line – Gratitude makes us feel better.

Here are 7 ways you can begin to incorporate more gratitude into your life:

  1. Take notice of your everyday world from a point of gratitude and be amazed at all the goodness we take for granted.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. All it requires is noting one or more things you are grateful for on a daily basis. (No fancy notebook, no computer program required).
  3. Give at least one compliment daily, whether directly to a person or by sharing your appreciation of something (“I love how quiet it is in the morning, don’t you?”).
  4. If you identify something or someone with a negative trait, switch it in your mind to a positive trait.
  5. When you find yourself in a bad situation ask: What can I learn? When I look back on this, without emotion, what will I be grateful for?
  6. Vow to not complain, criticize, or gossip for a week. If you slip, rally your willpower and keep going. Notice how much energy you were spending on negative thoughts.
  7. Sound genuinely happy to hear from the people who call you on the phone. Whether they respond with surprise or delight, they’ll feel valued. Be sincerely grateful for the connection you have with them.  This will be felt by both of you.  Gratitude is contagious!


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