"Be thankful for what you have, you end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey
Oprah put it so beautifully. The power of gratitude is not one to be underestimated. Since practicing gratitude daily, my life has changed in an incredible way. I become more positive, more loving, more appreciative of life and everything it has to offer. I see the bright side in almost everything and it’s much easier for me to accept and move on when a negative event happens.
I make sure I give thanks to all the things that are going well in my life every day. You don't have to save gratitude for the "big" things in life. Be grateful for the small things, the big things, everything. Nothing is too small for you to be thankful for.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you five simple ways you can start implementing RIGHT NOW to make gratitude your daily habit and help you become a happier and better version of yourself everyday. Let’s do it!
1. Keeping a gratitude journal
I write on my gratitude journal every morning after I wake up and every night before I sleep. Let me tell you, that simple practice has completely turned my life around, and in a good way of course :) Starting the day with gratitude helps put me in a good mood and the right attitude to get ready for the tasks ahead of me. Furthermore, ending the day by giving thanks to all the good things that happened to me throughout the day is the perfect way to fall asleep peacefully and happily.
Every time I write on my gratitude journal, I try to think of at least 3 things that I’m grateful for, and I try to be creative with what I write, so no days are completely the same. As a result, I started looking for more and more things to appreciate around me. Try keeping a gratitude journal, I promise that it’ll change your life!
2. Making someone feel special
Whether it’s a text message, a phone call, a thank-you note or just simple as a compliment, you’ll never know how great of an impact your words and actions can have on the other person’s day. Making them feel loved and special not only make your relationship with them grow stronger, it also make you feel great about yourself. Time to show the people you love how much they mean to you! ;)
Meditation is also part of my daily routine and it has done wonders for my mental health. When I meditate, all of my worries seem to disappear and I always feel calmer and more at peace with myself after every practice. Meditating is not only reserved for yogis, or “new-age fanatics”, it’s a wonderful practice that works for EVERYONE. So if you haven’t tried it out, it’s time to sit down, close your eyes, and breath :)
Do you have loved ones that have passed away? Do you believe in God and Angels that are watching over you? Do you think that there is a greater power than all of us that is governing how the universe works? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, we’re on the same boat *high-five*!
Spirituality is a big part of my life. I trust my intuition and the Goddess inside me wholeheartedly. I pray and listen to my inner guidance every time I seek advice to a problem or doubt that I experience in real life. And somehow, I always get the answer that I needed, and I’m so incredibly grateful for having the ability to quiet down, listen to my instinct and follow my gut. It’s a gift that not everybody has, so I’m just so thankful for the amazing impact it has on my life!
Sometimes the best way to express your gratitude to life is to give back to your community and help make the world a better place for everyone. Not only will giving back help you feel grateful for all the things that you might have taken for granted life, but it also increases your own well-being and the ability to have more gratitude for life. In short, helping others helps you!
I hope this article inspires you to start some daily gratitude practices. Incorporating gratitude into your lifestyle can greatly impact how you see and feel about yourself and the world! And here’s the best part: The more you focus on appreciating the good things in your life, the more good you will receive!