I’ve been practicing gratitude — with varying levels of devotion — for over a decade now. And in that time, nothing has contributed to my happiness more than adding more gratitude into my life.
After watching the movie ‘The Secret’ with my Dad when I was 13, he gave me my first Gratitude Rock. I would carry this rock with me in my school uniform pocket (along with my locker key and favourite lip balm) and every time I would see or touch the rock it would remind me to think of something I’m grateful for.
Over the past decade, I’ve experimented with different ways of practicing gratitude and I truly and wholeheartedly believe that gratitude makes my life infinitely better.
Practicing gratitude is one of the most important habits in my life and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have this practice.
If you’re wanting to add more gratitude into your life, here are my 7 best tips for you…
Whenever I speak to people about what they struggle with when it comes to practicing gratitude, without a doubt the thing that comes up the most is people struggle to actually remember to do it.
To add more gratitude into your life — and to make it a regular habit — you need to remember to practice it.
I found that creating cues and reminders in my daily life has been so important in helping me to add more gratitude into my life.
You might like to:
∞ Set a daily reminder or alarm on your phone.
∞ If you use a particular notebook for your gratitude practice put it somewhere you see each day to remind you.
∞ Put a gratitude card or note in your wallet.
∞ Set a gratitude reminder as your phone or computer background.
By that I mean: start and end your day with some sort of gratitude practice.
I love starting the day off with gratitude and I feel like it has a positive influence on the rest of my day. And I also find that ending the day with gratitude helps to bring me back to place of appreciation no matter what has happened during the day.
You might like to use getting into and out of bed as reminders to be grateful.
There’s something powerful about taking the time to write down what you’re grateful for.
You might like to make a list of everything you’re grateful for that you can think of, or write down a few things from your day, or even just one thing you really appreciate right now.
I like to write down at least three things I’m grateful for — and I do this most days.
Tip: Have a designated notebook that you write down your gratitudes in.
A few years ago I found that listing my gratitudes every single day was feeling a bit stagnate, and not as powerful as it used to feel. I found that I was writing down the same things every single day, and even though I really did appreciate these things — it just wasn’t having the same effect as it used to.
Then I came across this awesome advice from Shawn Achor that Danielle Laporte shared in The Desire Map. Shawn believes continually listing what you’re grateful for may not be that effective, because we tend to list the same general things over and over again.
Instead, he suggests getting more specific with our gratitude lists, in order to create an ever deeper sense of appreciation. And for me, I’ve found that getting clear on why I’m grateful for something completely amplifies that gratitude that I feel for it, and anchoring in on these feelings is SO powerful.
It’s super easy to be grateful for all the amazingly awesome things going on in your life, but the truth is you’re human, so I’m sure that you’ve experienced both positive and negative things in your life (and probably even do on a daily basis!)
But to take your gratitude practice to the next level I encourage you to use all opportunities to explore how to be grateful for the not-so-awesome things as well. As Danielle LaPorte says “You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you feel about it.”
We can use gratitude to help us change how we feel about negative things. It can help us get through hard times (which is when we really need gratitude the most) and it can also help us to take away something from the bad stuff, even if it’s just what we learnt from it or what it has shown us what we don’t want more of.
Public declarations are powerful — and I find that sharing what I’m grateful for with someone else really amplifies my appreciation and makes me feel good, plus it also elevates those you share it with too.
You might like to start sharing what you’re grateful for with someone you’re close to, your family, a gratitude buddy (in-person, or even via text message), or even on social media.
Being thankful is the expression of gratitude, and it’s a simple way to add more gratitude into your life.
I’ve found that devoting to adding more gratitude into my life has made me more intentional about expressing my gratitude to other people and thanking them as well.
You might like to: make an effort to say “thank you” more, tell someone why you’re grateful for them, write a thank you note (or send a thank you text message or email).
If you’re wanting to put the tips I’ve shared in this post into action in your own life, I’d love to invite you to join The 28 Day Gratitude Project. This project will guide you through 28 days of gratitude so you can explore how you can add more gratitude into your life — in a way that works best for you.
I’ve had the honour of guiding over 300 people through experimenting with gratitude for 28 days and I loved to show you how powerful (and fun!) practicing gratitude can be.
You can find out more and sign up here.
I’d love to hear from you: Do you practice gratitude? What’s your best tip on adding more gratitude into your life? Share away in the comments below.
Love & Gratitude,
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