What kind of day would you have if you went through life believing that everything was a gift? How would your day begin if you started it by giving thanks for the gift of life?
How to Practice Being Grateful in Life
Begin a gratitude journal.
Saying "thank you" to everything I come across every day, such as sunrises and sunsets, food, shelter, warm homes and offices, clothing, work/jobs, etc., has worked for me. Try to come up with a new thing to be grateful for. Keep in mind the words of Meister Eckhart, "The most important prayer in the world is just two words: THANK YOU."
Do an alphabet practice of gratitude.
Try writing the letters A through Z in your notebook. Write "I am grateful for _________" starting with the letter A and working your way through the alphabet as quickly as you can. For instance: I am grateful for another morning, birds singing outside my window, my car full of gas, and so on until you have written all the letters.
Begin each day by expressing gratitude for all of your gifts.
It's easy to take many things for granted. We get out of our warm and cozy bed, walk to our indoor bathroom with running water and brush our teeth with clean water. We shower with hot water and slip into our clean clothes. Don't feel bad if you don't acknowledge how blessed you are compared to others. This is your daily life and after a while, our brains just don't register that having clean running water is a gift. However, remembering every now and then does go a long way. As days go by, you'll find even greater things to be grateful for.
Every day, perform an "Act of Kindness."
An act of kindness doesn't have to be a huge deal. The stars don't need to be aligned, and the wind doesn't need to be blowing a certain way. Simply letting a car in front of you in traffic can be your good deed of the day. Or maybe picking up litter on the sidewalk can be your act of kindness. One day I was driving down my neighborhood and I noticed a baby bird in the middle of the street. The car behind me almost hit it, so I made a U-turn, pulled over, and carefully moved the bird to the nearest tree where I thought his nest was. It felt so amazing doing something small but also big that morning. So, do what you can.
Look for opportunities to sincerely thank your partner, child, coworker, employees, and anybody else that helps you, such as a waitress, postal carrier, paper delivery person, police officer, etc.
When you take a moment to appreciate what you have, it helps you feel less stressed because you aren't anxious about what you are lacking. So during the month of Gratitude, take some time to reflect on just how much more you have going for you than you might have realized.
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