Ways to cultivate your gratitude

Most of us lead busy lives these days and it can be a real challenge to take the time out to think about the things in your life that you can be grateful for. But doing this is essential, as you will derive some incredible benefits from being grateful for what you have in your life right now. In this article, we have a number of tips to aid you in cultivating your gratitude every day.

1. Stop and take a look around you

Make a commitment to pause at different times during the day and ask yourself the question “What can I be truly grateful for in my life?”. You can also ask yourself “Who are the most important people in my life and why am I grateful for them?”. When you ask yourself these questions your subconscious mind will come up with a number of answers for you. Take these answers and assess why the people or things are so important for you and express your gratitude for having them in your life. This will not take you long to do each day and will get you into the habit of looking for things to be grateful for.

2. Have a good look at yourself

Being grateful for the qualities that you possess is a very powerful way to cultivate your gratitude and increase your self esteem. Think about what you have achieved recently and the problems that you had to overcome – perhaps you had a difficult period at work or school, but persevered and succeeded, or maybe you achieved something you thought you didn’t have the confidence for. You can go back into your past for some good examples of this as well. 

You can look beyond the things that you have achieved as well. What other traits do you possess that you are proud of? Do you provide acts of kindness to others? Do you have good empathy skills? Do you have a lot of love for your partner, your family and your friends? There are always lots of things that you can come up with about yourself.

3. What do you take for granted?

When people are starting out on their attitude of gratitude journey they will usually think about the bigger things in their life to be grateful for but don’t limit yourself to this. The smaller things in your life are just as important. Just open your eyes and take a look around you. If you are at home then notice the wonderful things that surround you to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Take a walk outside and notice the beauty of nature as well.

4. Creating a routine

It is easy to forget about expressing your gratitude when you are busy. Think about creating a routine where you will think about things to be grateful for in the morning when you wake up and before you go to bed at night. Keeping a gratitude journal may be useful to help with this. Think about 3 things that you can be grateful for at these times. It does not matter if they are big or small things. In the morning it could be the simple fact that you are grateful for a new day ahead..

5. Show your Gratitude to others

Take every opportunity that you can to express your gratitude to others. When you do this the receivers will be very appreciative and this will give you a warm glow inside. In turn this will make you feel a lot happier to see the smiles on their faces and hear their words of appreciation.

©2023 Terry Hyde MA MBACP

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