Practicing gratitude is proven to make you happier, healthier and more patient, while also helping sleep and food-related issues you may have. So if you are new to the gratitude game, then check out our introduction to practising gratitude.
What is gratitude?
In layman’s terms, gratitude is the emotion of happiness which comes from being thankful. However, why take my word for it? Those smart cookies at the Harvard Medical School, describe gratitude as the following:
“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”
Why should I be practising gratitude?
The mind is a funny thing, sometimes something that seems so obvious is, in fact, a backwards logic. An incredibly common misconception is that if you are joyful, you should be gracious about it. While in part this is true, the logic in getting there is flawed. Instead, you need to reverse the process.
What do I mean by reversing the process? Well, instead of waiting to be happy and then give thanks, you need to be grateful for the good in your life that you overlook, and from there the happiness will follow.
Sounds easy, but it is a skill, and like any skill, you need to practice it. By exercising gratitude, I don’t mean any of this “attitude of gratitude” motto that you see. That is the equivalent to a somebody saying “I am going to think like a professional soccer player, and not train”. It does not make sense.
You need to make tangible steps in practising gratitude as you would with anything else you wanted to get good at. The easiest way to start gratitude training is a gratitude jar, which revolves around writing down three things you are thankful for every day.
Three simple steps to start practising gratitude?
There are plenty of things you can do to start practising gratitude today. However, you need to do all these five things.
- Be consistent: Make sure you practice every day
- Choose your time wisely: Gratitude training at the end of the day is a fantastic way to recap your day.
- Write it down: Your mind is busy, but the paper is not. Write down your thoughts when practising gratitude
If you stick to those three steps, then you will ace your gratitude journey.
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