How to practice gratitude
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been consciously practicing gratitude and really taking the time to appreciate everything that I have in life and it has seriously been life changing. For so long, I almost exclusively practiced the opposite of gratitude aka complaining, complaining, complaining. No matter what happened in my life, it wasn't enough. I constantly thought to myself "I'll be happy when I have this". However, that is such a destructive way to think and once I shifted my mindset into gratefulness mode, my perspective has totally changed. Today, I want to share with you 3 easy things you can do to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
1.Say It Out Loud
My new practice has been to say out loud all of the things that I am grateful for before I go to sleep. At first it was a conscious effort but now it has become a routine and I do it without even thinking about it. Sometimes the act of actually verbalizing what we are thankful for and hearing out loud really helps us to internalize all of the blessings in our lives. Another bonus to this practice is that it helps you to go to bed more peacefully even after a stressful day.
No I'm not talking about starting one of those journals that you had in middle school however if that's what you want to do, you totally can! I know that most of us don't have the time to create long drawn out journal entries each day. So, one of my favorite resources has been the Happiness Planner. This helps you focus on what makes you happy for 100 days. Each day you write down what you want your focus to be for the day and then at the end of the day, you write the good things that happened that day and what you were grateful for that day. Its a quick but very effective exercise that only takes about 5 minutes per day. I highly recommend it.
3. Start Conversations with Positivity instead of Complaining
I feel like all of us are guilty of this. We pick up the phone after a long stressful day and call our best friend to complain about it. Or you come home from work and your significant other or roommate asks how your day was and we instantly go into the list of everything that went wrong. Instead, try starting the conversation with positive things that happened to you that day. I find that this prevents what I call a spiraling negative conversation. As women especially, we tend to try to make our friends feel better if they are having a bad day by stating everything bad about our day too. This usually leads to a half hour conversation back and forth about how "horrible" our lives our. Its important that we try to put these types of conversations to rest because I promise you will feel so much better.