Being grateful is the practice of bringing attention and appreciation to all things in life – both little and small. By doing so, you’ll be able to focus and find the good in every situation – yes, even the worst.
For example, when you’re getting frustrated with all of the laundry piling up, you can be grateful for having money to be able to afford clothes that you can wash. But it doesn’t always come naturally, which is why it’s important to practice gratitude on a daily basis. Today, that’s what I’m going to show you how to do.
Gratitude journaling is a powerful way to keep track of your health – mental, emotional and spiritual. Each day, get in the habit of writing down 3 things you’re grateful for and reflect on each individual thing. This simple task will train your brain to focus on the good things of the day, every day.
It’s amazing what doing good things for other people can do for your spirit. When you treat others with kindness, you open yourself up to receiving the same energy. So, by doing goodness for others out of the kindness of your heart, the universe will send similar vibes back to you.
It can be hard to practice gratitude when you’re constantly being overwhelmed with negative news and posts that are prominent on social media. So, one of the first things to do when practicing gratitude is to limit your time spent on social media or at the very least, diving into negative posts. If need be, it’s highly recommended to unfollow any accounts that provide you with negative vibes. This includes media accounts and even personal accounts that don’t make you feel great.
Doing so will allow you to focus on all the positive posts from your loved ones.
Everyone complains. It’s completely natural. Though, it can be difficult to be grateful for your surroundings when you are consumed with the negative. So, instead of narrowing in on the bad things that are happening, focus on the solution and set aside one day a week for absolutely zero complaining. As you learn to eliminate complaining from one day of the week, it’ll slowly and naturally flow into the rest.
Yes, practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying thank you more often. Thank the person who held the door open for you; thank the cashier; the stranger and of course, thank your loved ones. Although gratitude is much more than saying thank you, vocalizing your gratefulness can be a great way to add it into your life.
When practicing gratitude, you will naturally learn how to find the good in all situations. Though, that’s not to say that you should always let it be naturally. You will still have bad days, bad moods and come across hurdles – that’s life and it’s completely normal. During these times when you find yourself focusing on the bad, find the good because it’s always there. Perhaps you had an argument with your loved one or maybe you lost your job, or a relationship went astray with a friend. Be grateful for the lesson that is coming from it; there is always something to learn and something to be grateful for. It’s just up to you to find it.
At Awakened Self, you embark on a journey towards becoming the best person you can be. So, grab your meditation pillow, set your intention to be more grateful and dive into the goodness of life.
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