You’ve heard of the life-changing benefits of practicing gratitude, so you’ve decided you’re going to make gratitude a regular practice in your life.
You go and get yourself the cutest Kikki.k gratitude journal you can find and a new pen to go with it (of course!) so you’re set up and ready to commit to practicing gratitude.
Except… You don’t actually do it. It keeps slipping your mind. “I’ll do it later,” you keep telling yourself.
But then you don’t. You get distracted cooking dinner, hanging the washing out and then before you know it you’re on the couch exhausted and the only thing you feel like doing is watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones because #priorities (and #dragons!).
“Oh well, I’ll do it tomorrow,” you tell yourself again. But then you don’t. And the cycle continues…
Your cute new gratitude journal is hardly used. You know that there are so many benefits to this simple practice, but you’re finding it hard to actually make gratitude a regular habit in your life.
You’re not alone! Whenever I speak to people about what they struggle with when it comes to practicing gratitude, the most common answer is that they find it hard to actually remember to do it. And I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard people say that they want to practice gratitude regularly, but they just can’t seem to make it a consistent habit in their lives.
When you consistently practice gratitude it becomes habitual, so remembering to actually do it is pretty important if you want to make it a habit in your life! 😉
I know when I wanted to make my gratitude practice more consistent — and a regular habit in my life — I realised that just wanting to do it everyday didn’t help me actually do it.
What did was creating cues and little reminders in my daily life. Doing this helped me to remember my intention (to practice gratitude everyday) and helped me to actually take action and do it. Now I can say that doing this has helped me to make gratitude a regular habit in my life.
So if you’ve been wanting to make gratitude a more regular part of your life, but you just can’t seem to do it consistently, I highly recommend setting up cues or reminders in your life to help prompt you to be grateful.
Here are 5 ideas to help you remember to practice gratitude, so you can make it a habit in your life:
1. Set a daily recurring reminder on your phone. For me this was one of the best things I did when I wanted to make gratitude a habit in my life. You can set them up once and then get reminded every single day. These reminders also help me ‘snap’ out of a funk when I’m not having an awesome day.
2. Put your gratitude notebook somewhere you see every day. If you use a particular notebook for your gratitude practice put it somewhere you see every single day to remind you to write in it. Oh and keep a pen with it to make it super easy!
3. Get a gratitude token. This is probably my favourite way to practice gratitude and is actually how my first practice began. This is a small object that you can carry on/with you to remind you to be grateful. My first ever gratitude token was a rock (yep just an ordinary rock!) but now my tokens are a bracelet (from Violet Gray) and I use pocket crystals as a gratitude rock (the pocket stones from Lemon Canary are my favourite for this).
4. Surround yourself with visual gratitude reminders. You might like to use a gratitude card/note/poster, or a post-it note, or even the free gratitude manifesto I have in The Infinite Collection. Be sure to put the your visual reminder somewhere you see everyday.
5. Set a gratitude reminder as the background on your devices. How many times do you look at your phone each day? If you’re like me it’s probably a lot, so this is a good opportunity to use the background of your devices to remind you to be grateful.
If you’re wanting to make gratitude a regular habit in your life, I’d love to invite you to join the live round of 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. It includes a digital workbook, a live gratitude Q&A call and daily emails for 28 days to help you make gratitude a regular habit in your life. Entry is $28 AUD and the live round is beginning October 1st.
You can find out more and sign up here 🙂
Now I’d love to know from you how do you remember to be grateful? Or if you’re wanting to have a more consistent gratitude practice which of the reminders above do you think would be most useful to you?
Love & Gratitude,
PS. Looking for some resources to help you make gratitude a daily habit in your life? You can get access to a daily gratitude prompt worksheet, a gratitude manifesto and a whole lot of other free resources to help you get the most out of your one infinite life. All you need to do is enter your details below and you’ll get access to all the free resources I’ve created for you in The Infinite Collection 🙂