4 Simple Ways To Be Grateful Every Day

Being consciously grateful is essential to a happy life. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.

No matter who you are, where you are or what kind of challenges you face in your life, there is always something to be grateful for. 

Take a moment to think about what you are grateful for today. Having trouble? Start small- a roof over your head, blankets when it’s cold, clean water, access to fresh food, the clothes on your back. These blessings may seem insubstantial, but they are blessings nonetheless. There are millions of people around the world that don’t have one, or even all, of these things.

What about your ability to see, to hear, to speak? To walk, to have full use of your body, to have all of your limbs? Your good health. There are millions of people who are terminally ill, or can’t walk, or can’t see or communicate with their loved ones because they can’t speak.

For your right to think for yourself and believe what you want? Many people in other parts of the world do not have that privilege. Or to be able to go to school or have had an education? There are millions of people all over the world that have never attended school because of barriers like their culture or simply because they are a girl.

What about the fact that you can leave your home without fearing for your life? Mane people live in such unsafe areas in the world that they cannot get through one day without hearing of a friend of family member being killed by terrorists, bombs, guns, or otherwise

Then try to go deeper and try to think of everyday blessings and moments to be grateful for. The way the sun rays are peeking through the trees this morning. How your warm coffee feels in your hands on a cool day. The sunshine on your face. The way it feels to hug your partner in the morning before work. The way the wind sounds in your ears. There is so much to be grateful for, if you are paying attention.

There are many way to practice being grateful every day.

Be present
Being present is key when it comes to cultivating a grateful attitude. If you are not aware of yourself, your surroundings and what you are doing and feeling in every moment, it makes finding blessings to be grateful for much more difficult. If you fly through your day on autopilot, you miss so many beautiful moments. But if you pay attention, you will find that there is so much to be grateful for.

Keep a gratitude journal
Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. I used to keep a daily log of all the things I am grateful for throughout the day. It helped me to be more present throughout the day and forced me to mediate on my day in the evenings when I was recalling what I felt grateful for to list in my journal. It started out small, lacking creativity really, just listing the obvious. But the more I did it, the longer the lists grew each day, and the more specific my lists became. I did this more a long time until being present and having a grateful attitude became habitual and came natural to me. Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice. Make a game out of noticing new things each day.

Be positive
Having a grateful attitude makes it easy to turn negative emotions or circumstances into positive ones. For example, next time you want to complain about your job, just stop and instead be consciously grateful that you have a job and can provide for yourself. If you can be grateful and eliminate negativity when you see it, you will find that you complain less, feel less stressed, less irritated by people or behaviors. Your attitude and your views of life and the world are shaped by how you think. If you can change the way you think, you can change your world.

Appreciate challenges
We are not defined by circumstance, but rather by our attitudes towards them. We will face hardships and be dealt crappy hands at one time or another, and we have no choice in the matter. The only thing we can control is how we choose to let these things affect us. Try to appreciate the challenges you are faced with and look for the positives, perhaps what there is to learn- about yourself or of an important lesson.

Remember, you get what you give and being grateful will only bring more positivity into your life!
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