Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes that it will make them happier, or thinking that they can’t feel satisfied until a physical or emotional need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel a little off at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.
Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis.
Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your joy and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself. It just makes you feel more confident !
Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual. Pray for that person and thank them with all your heart. It will reach the person.
Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down thoughts about the gifts you’ve received each day, about the love and compliments you received, about the great make up that person said you had or even the amazing nail colour she complimented you on. It just lightens your mood and picks you up.
Count your blessings. Make a blessings box. Pick a number from that box every day and write down the number of blessings you get. For example you pick up the number 3 write down three blessings you received ! I am blessed to have a pretty face, I am blessed to be have a great set of friends…. I am blessed to have such adorable pets !
Meditate. Mindfulness meditation does wonders! It keeps you calm, your mood gets elevated and you are happier the whole day 🙂