In my previous post I explored how Gratitude affects your physical, mental and emotional health. And that a lack of it can actually cause stress and weight gain. Read more here….
There really is nothing unpleasant about feeling grateful – in fact, it’s just the opposite.
So let’s go over some ways to increase your Attitude of Gratitude!
Here Are 10 Ways to Practice Gratitude
- Keep a daily gratitude journal. Just write down a list of three to ten things for which you are grateful. You can do this first thing in the morning or before going to bed at night or better yet book-end your day by doing morning AND night.
- Write a gratitude letter/email to a person who exerted a positive influence in your life but whom you have not properly thanked. Even better, meet with them and read it to them face-to-face.
- Attempt to go the day without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping. Several self-improvement book authors have suggested wearing an item like a “No Complaints” wristband or gratitude charm bracelet to help condition themselves to be constantly aware of the things in their lives for which they are grateful.
- Make a Gratitude Question Sign – “What do I have to be grateful for today?” Then answer it when you wake up – every morning for three weeks. (and yes, you may expect miraculous results).
- More Visual Reminders.Two obstacles to being grateful are forgetfulness and lack of awareness. You can counter them by Give yourself visual cues that trigger thoughts of gratitude. Use Post-It notes to list blessings on your refrigerator, mirror, or the steering wheel of your car. Or, set a reminder on your smartphone to signal a time during the day to just pause and count your blessings.
- Have a gratitude partner. Social support encourages healthy behaviors because we often lack the discipline to do things on our own. Enlisting a friend or significant other to share your gratitude lists will help you be more grateful. If we surround ourselves with grateful people, we surround ourselves with more If we surround ourselves with ungrateful people, we are often more susceptible to more negative emotions.
- Make a public commitment to being more grateful.The beauty of social media is how many people you can touch. Hold yourself accountable to writing something on a social network that you are grateful for each day. You’d be surprised how many people will write back and how many you can influence, including yourself.
- Change your inner dialogue.Research has shown that we can change our mood by changing the tone of the things we say to ourselves. Taming your stressful thoughts can be extremely healing. What I have found to be helpful with this process is snapping a snug rubber band, the kind keeping bunches of produce together is perfect, worn on your wrist each time you have a negative thought. Seriously try this for a week. Everyone I know who has done this found they had next to no negative thoughts before the 7th day!
- Give Yourself the Gift of the Present. Multiple research has shown that when we are truly focused on the task at hand be are happier. Surprisingly this applied even when doing an unpleasant task!
- The “Secret” For Gratitude Power Here is the most powerful ‘secret’ in harnessing gratitude power for weight loss: You absolutely MUST make your gratitude emotional rather than rational. No matter how unattractive you may feel, there are always many people who are worse off than you. All you need to do is notice and feel genuine appreciation for how fortunate you are.
I would love to hear from you on ways YOU practice the “Attitude of Gratitude”
Blessing of Gratitude & Health upon YOU!