Earlier this week we talked about the power of keeping a gratitude journal. The goal is to write down one thing every day that you are thankful for or would like to express gratitude for. It could be something as simple as a warm home to get the ball rolling. But chances are that your thoughts will expand to even greater ideas over time.
We have compiled three ways for you to practice gratitude every day:
1. Create gratitude touchstones.
Write down some of your top experiences and keep them close at hand. A few examples could include an incredible trip, your wedding day, the birth of a child or even the first day at your dream job.
2. Make a list of All the people in your life that you are grateful for.
It could be a barista, construction workers, or servicemen. On a more personal level, this list could include friends and family who have helped you reach your goals. Over time, keep adding to the list. You will likely be amazed at how interactions that may seem insignificant (like a smile from a random stranger) could allow you to realize the good in the world.
3. Make sure to appreciate yourself AND give yourself credit!
That’s right – give yourself a pat on your back! Take a moment to acknowledge everything you have accomplished in the last year. Also take a moment to look at your best traits and be open to yourself about why you are proud of you. And recognize how you have helped others. Then, set goals on how you want to set strides and improve you!