By Adam Smith
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” Gerald Good
Gratitude is a way of life
After 30 days of practising gratitude daily. I reviewed to find 8 Simple Ways To Help Boost Your Gratitude Every Day.
It’s amazing how giving thanks helped in such an effective way.
With the busyness of life, it can be hard to find time for anything for yourself. Just try being a father to two children or a demanding work environment where people need your constant attention. It can be challenging to say the least.
What has had a huge effect on my life is finding time to work on me. Being selfish in a positive way to allow me to improve. Inturn it has allowed me to give more to everyone around me with my energy and my focus has been transformed.
With practising gratitude daily. I am a more peaceful person. A happier person. A more focused person. A more present person. A better father and husband. Overall simply just a better person.
As simple it is to practice gratitude the results you get are tenfold.
This technique should be in every school, workplace, sports club. It’s no wonder people from all walks of life who have become super successful in their chosen field have it as part of their daily routine.
It’s because it works.
Now I want this for you, so I have compiled 8 Simple Ways To Help Boost Your Gratitude Every Day.
8 Gratitude Tips
Have gratitude blitz to apply anywhere
Throughout your daily life, it can be challenging but also really busy and having time to sit down alone to write a gratitude list might be difficult. A great way that can help you overcome this is by applying quick-firing gratitude of everything around you that you can see through your eyes and in your mind. I call it the gratitude blitz and it can be anything from the air your currently breathing or a smell of the plants around you. This helped me regain my positivity in a negative setting and put me back in control of my mind to regain balance.
Have a gratitude journal or app when alone
When alone without kids, spouses or your mobile phone unless for a gratitude app. You can now unwind your thoughts into your gratitude journal. This helped me to think in-depth about what I’m thankful for and have time to imagine and feel that joy from being thankful for your day.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
It’s also ok if you forget to do it for one day or when you’re in a negative situation you forget to use the strategy to regain your happiness. Just be conscious that it’s happened and have plans to overcome it. I started putting alarm reminders when I should do it throughout my day which held me accountable to do it or sticky notes in places where you know you will be reminded.
Remember we are forming a new habit and when learning mistakes are always going to happen so learn to enjoy the process.
When in doubt get your sand timer out
To be able to perform a quick gratitude burst. Having something to focus on is essential to keep you on track. You can use any form of stopwatch but I prefer a sand timer that I take with me everywhere. I know when it comes out it’s gratitude time and it allows me to focus and calm my thoughts.
Instead of finding negative, find positives
When people make you angry, frustrated or dam right annoyed before you lash out the inner chimp (Ego). Say something positive instead. It will quickly defuse any negative emotion harbouring inside you and the response you will receive back will be more agreeable. By disarming any situation with positive words will allow you to stay calm and centred.
Make sure you breathe
Of course, being grateful in a certain situation can be difficult. So when you are in any situation where you feel your blood rising. Just breathe! This will increase your oxygen back to your brain allowing you to return to your normal state, then return to being thankful.
Schedule slot upon awakening or before bed
Having a fixed time slot is essential to sticking to your daily practice of gratitude. So in the morning where I’m busier, I perform quick gratitude from my surroundings and then at night with more time, I journal my thoughts then. This has helped me form the habit as part of the day.
Freshen up your thanks so it doesn’t get too boring
What really stops someone from continuing the practice of gratitude and even myself in the past is saying the same things over and over again. This can become boring and something that’s easier to forget about. That’s why it’s important to freshen up your thankfulness and make it more specific to your day rather than general stuff.
Practising gratitude for me is still a work in progress. Sometimes I have days that I forget or my ego gets the better of me.
95% of the time I definitely can see benefits of this practice and I will never look back again. The overall health benefits it can have on your mind allows me to think more clearly and keeps me living in the moment.
Start slowly with an evening journal or voice notes and start being grateful for your life today.
I hope this helps you with your mindfulness journey.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
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