Gratitude, one simple word that packs a major punch. You may hear this word mentioned often in your weekly yoga class or notice it printed across home decor at your friend’s apartment (we have all seen those throw pillows on Etsy), but clichees aside, there is something more to gratitude than meets the eye. Practicing gratitude in your daily life is scientifically proven to boost self esteem, enhance empathy, and even reduce stress. The practice itself sounds easy enough—be thankful for the things in your life, whether it be your health, your home, or even something as small as being grateful for your ability to take a breath.
Despite how easy it is to say “be grateful,” in practice it can be hard to remember just how to be grateful in the chaos of our everyday lives. In honor of world gratitude day we made a list of small, but impactful ways that you can add gratitude into your daily routine, because even on our bad days we can find moments of that shine through.
Say Thank You
Whether this means reminding yourself to thank the person who holds the door open for you as you walk into the pharmacy or calling up your best friend to applaud her for always being there through thick and thin, the simple act of saying thank you not only makes others feel good, but is a constant reminder that these little gestures matter and can go a long way in making someone’s day much better.
Write Down Gratitude Affirmations
Affirmations are positive sayings that we say to ourselves to encourage these things in our lives. Creating a list of gratitude affirmations, such as I am grateful for each day, I am thankful for the universe or I have an attitude of gratitude manifests a life full of thankfulness and can even help you to be more positive and remove negativity. Bonus points for saying these affirmations out loud whether it be to the mirror in front of you or on your Instagram stories.
Meditate On It
Meditation is proven to assist anxiety and promote our emotional health. Adding a gratitude theme to your meditation practice is a great way to not only destress, but use this time to remind yourself of the people, places, and things that you are grateful for. To start, you can use a meditation app to guide you or simply sit still and make a mental list of what you are grateful for.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
If writing things down is more your style, you can practice gratitude by keeping a journal. You can choose to write in this journal daily or as needed. Picking a specific time of day to record your entry can be helpful, so try putting a reminder in your phone to journal each morning or set a time before bed to record everything you are grateful for that day.
What are you grateful for? Let us know in the comments!