Knowing How to Practice Gratitude may seem like a lost art, but just being thankful for what you have will change your life completely. Saying thank you changes stress levels, anxiety levels, improves health, improves relationships, fires up careers, and most of all says volumes about your character.
But that’s just half of the benefits of practicing gratitude! When you are gracious to people—you also make their world a better place to live.
Some of us were lucky enough to learn how to practice being thankful for the small things in life as children; others, not so much.
The thing is though, that whenever you learned, or learn, how to practice gratitude on a regular basis—being gracious for what you have is a learned skill.
As you begin putting these 7 tips to work in your life, you are going to witness something remarkable.
Being grateful will have such a profound affect on your life and your surroundings that you will not want to wait until you “feel like it” to say thanks. Put these tips to work today, and you will start feeling good as your attitude about life changes.
And the magical part is that as your attitude changes, you will have more and more to be grateful for.
How to Practice Gratitude and Change Your Life
1 – Write Thank You Cards
Telling people you thank them with cards is outdated for sure, but not for you. Not if you want to find more happiness in life than you dreamed possible. Just do it!
Take the time to purchase inexpensive and the most simple thank you cards. Then write a very simple one or two lines expressing thanks for most anything you can think of. Just be sincere.
Thank people for being your friend, inviting you over, putting up with you, anything you can think of to express your gratitude. MAIL THE CARDS. Do not email, or text them, but put them in the mail.
Do not expect any thing in return, or you will be let down. You are going to do two things for the people you send thank you cards: 1) blow their minds because they aren’t accustomed to being thanked, and especially in the mail 2) you are going to be indelibly in their mind and heart as the best thing that ever happened to them.
It won’t matter how they react, they will be touched deeply that you took the time to thank them. Your own spirit will be changed for the positive for giving something invaluable away.
I can not express to you the impact you will have on your own life by making this a very regular life long habit.
2 – Make a Gratitude Calendar
On your “grateful calendar”, write down 3 to 5 things you are grateful for each day. After writing them read them out loud. Keep this calendar where you can see it constantly.
3 – Say It out Loud
Each day, say “I’m grateful for you” to important objects, events and people in your life. Make it a habit to go through everything you can possibly be grateful for before you ever get out of bed each morning.
4 – Practice “One Person a Day” Gratefulness
Take a different friend, family member, acquaintance, coworker or service provider each day of the year. Tell them that you are grateful for their presence in your life. It will seem awkward at first, but you will soon look forward to making someone else’s day.
This works a couple of ways. It lets people know that you care about them and appreciate them, and it also forces you to expand your circle of influence.
5 – Say “Thank You” to Your Lunch
We take so much for granted. Many people in the world do not know if they are going to eat every day, while most of us have several choices as far as what food we are going to put into our mouth, how much we eat, and when we eat.
Whether you have an abundance of food or eat sparingly, express gratitude for the food you put into your body.
6 – Donate, Give Away
You may lament the fact that you don’t have as many clothes, pairs of shoes or possessions as you would like. Find someone who has less than you. Give them something of yours, and you will quickly realize how much you really have.
7 – Let the Most Important Person in Your Life Know That You Appreciate Them
Go to the nearest mirror. Do you see that person staring back at you? That is the person you should be most appreciative of.
You obviously love your friends and family, but you need to express self-love first before you can form the deepest relationships with others.
Frequently look yourself in the eyes and express gratitude for who you are and what you have given yourself.
My life always seemed like I was having to force something to happen until the day I started practicing gratitude. Just by the mere act of consciously taking the time to say I am grateful, or I thank you, I could actually see my life changing.
So, please, push gratitude to the limits and see your life expand to places you never dreamed.