Five Ways to Practice an Attitude of Gratitude
We all have them…those days when life just seems too difficult to deal with. On days like this, there is one thing that you must remember. Practice an attitude of gratitude.
Gratitude is a foundation of mindfulness. In gratitude, there is no angst. There is only positivity and appreciation. When we take the time to appreciate the little things in life, the big things often fade away into the moment.
If you’re having an “off” day, try these five simple gratitude exercises.
1. Offer an unexpected “thank you.”
Everyone loves to be appreciated. Take a minute to really thank someone you just might have skipped by. It could be that favorite smiling cashier or the kind barista who makes your morning coffee just right. Anytime you thank someone, it makes their day better. And best of all, it makes you feel good.
2. Make a list of ten things you are grateful for.
Take out a piece of paper and list ten things that you are grateful for. It could be as simple as a nourishing breakfast or the unique, singing bird who loves to sit outside your window. If you feel compelled, continue the list. Then go back and read it throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at how it pulls you into a positive frame of mind.
3. Send out a “just because” card.
Receiving an unexpected card can truly make a person’s day. So why not send a card to that one special person you’ve been meaning to connect with for a while? One or two meaningful paragraphs will do. It’s the thought that counts.
4. Take a moment to appreciate nature.
Nature is one of life’s most beautiful mysteries. It always knows just how to adjust-be it with the change of seasons or simple caterpillars turning into colorful, complex butterflies. Take ten minutes to really look at the natural beauty in front of you and mentally appreciate each aspect that catches your eye. How does this beauty make you feel?
5. Turn one negative thought into a positive.
Turning a negative into a positive can make a situation look completely different. If there’s something you’re ruminating about, try looking at it from a different angle. Turn the situation into a challenge that you’re grateful for. Then journal about it. How does this attitude shift change your perspective?
I’d love to hear some of the things that you’re grateful for. Feel free to take a moment and list one thing that makes you smile.
To your mindfulness,
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