Gratitude practice is a funny thing. The act seems simple, right? List a few things we feel thankful for, appreciate, and recognize in life. But we rarely stop, take a moment to breath, make a mental list and truly participate in gratitude activities. Practicing health and wellness as we slow down and live more minimal will help us create a lifestyle full of inspiring possibility.
The Importance of Gratitude Practice
I had this thought months ago that if I focused on the things that made me feel truly grateful each day then maybe it would bring me more joy and help me find inspiration in new things. Maybe I would notice more of the generous actions of those around me. I often tend to note things in my head, but I realized the problem did not stem from me not acknowledging it, but from me not sharing it. When was the last time we said out loud to our best friend that we felt grateful for something they did?
When we express gratitude we create a more positive relationship and allow room for someone else to practice more of what benefits us as a person.
Sometimes (often times), we get so caught up in our everyday life and the routine of living, we forget to stop and truly to think about what we have around us. But if we do not share our thoughts, we miss out on more meaningful and inspiring conversations. When we express gratitude we create a more positive relationship and allow room for someone else to practice more of what benefits us as a person.
Gratitude Activities Affect your Physical and Mental Health
Through a short google research, I found practicing gratitude affects our physical and mental health. Participating in gratitude activities has a huge impact on people. The benefits range from improving mental health, to lengthening sleep, to even bettering physical health. It can boost your career, develop your personality, and help you live longer. You can read more in depth about each of these benefits here and here.
How to Practice Gratitude Activites
So, extensive studies prove the benefits of practicing gratitude, but how do we actually do it? I decided to begin small. Each day I practice sharing out loud with someone close to me one thing I felt grateful for that day. Since it’s a new practice for me, I sometimes feel embarrassed to say what I am thinking, but hey, I am still letting it sink into my daily routine.
If sharing isn’t our thing, writing down one thing might be better. Start a simple gratitude journal and begin noting one thing each day. It’s good gratitude practice to take a moment of our time to pause and listen to ourself think. Identify those things that make you smile and bring you joy. When you feel ready, start sharing them with those close to you. Start creating inspiring relationships. I can’t tell you exactly what will happen but I can tell you that it’s a start in a more positive, and encouraging direction.
Share in the comments how you plan to begin practicing gratitude.
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