Improve Your Life: Tip #4
The daily practice of looking for things to appreciate and give thanks for is a somewhat new trend. But, as a practice, it is really nothing new. Many studies have been done and books have been written that declare the effectiveness of having an attitude of gratitude as far as it relates to the experience of being happy. 🙂
You might feel that you have little to be grateful for–and indeed, sometimes it’s harder than others! But there’s always something. Did you sleep in a bed? Did you have an indoor bathroom to use and food for breakfast? Was the sun shining or was there a refreshing rain? You get the idea.
You might even want to do an activity specifically to take not of things to appreciate. For example, take a 20-minute slow walk outside. Smell the air, listen to the birds sing, feel the heat of the sun on your skin. Revel in Nature and all she has to offer!
Write It Down
Journaling is another “new” practice that many people enjoy. Writing down your thoughts of gratitude in a journal is a wonderful practice. There is something about the act of writing things out that is so much more satisfying than typing on a computer.
Your can look for a journal with prompts to write about gratitude or just a plain notebook. It really doesn’t matter as it is simply a place to record your thoughts. The act of writing your ideas on paper is what’s important.
There are so many journals available (I am designing some, but they are not yet available–I will come back and add them when they are 🙂 )
Here’s a nifty looking one:
I have written about gratitude before–check out this post from last November 🙂
Whether you write things down or just think about and notice things, the practice of gratitude will definitely make your life happier.
Maybe start the day with this mug from my Gearbubble store–a great reminder!
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