How to Bring More Gratitude to Your Life
Do you struggle to find things to be grateful for each day? It’s not uncommon. Some days are definitely easier than others, but the truth is that there are countless things to be grateful for. You can’t let the negative things (like a demanding boss or whiny kids) detract from your personal happiness. Instead, make 2022 the year you bring more gratitude to your life.
- Teach yourself to be grateful even when things don’t go your way: Be thankful that you have the ability and opportunity to learn from a difficult experience because it is these experiences that will make you a better person. For example, if you fail an exam or lose your job, remind yourself of all the other exams and jobs available out there. One failed experience is not the end of the world.
- Don’t settle for anything less than what makes you happy: Surround yourself with people who make you happy. When you surround yourself with like-minded people – happy and grateful – you are more likely to feel those things as well. If someone isn’t treating you right, perhaps it’s time to cut ties and move on.
- Make the choice to live a happier life every day of the week: There are so many little things you can do each day to feel better about yourself and your life. For example, you could get up an hour earlier than usual to meditate or read a book, take some time out of your schedule at work or school just to relax, eat healthier by cutting down on fast food, walk more instead of driving everywhere…the list goes on!
- Be thankful when others help you and you help others: The act of giving and receiving help can definitely make you feel grateful. So the next time your mom asks you to help her with groceries or when your friend offers to pick up something from the store on their way over – be thankful and don’t brush them off. It will be good for both of you!
- Teach yourself what gratefulness is by paying attention to how happy different things make you feel: Are you happier after spending an hour at work getting stuff done? Or are you more satisfied when eating some extra chocolate during break time? These little activities can show you so much about yourself if you take notice. It doesn’t have to be anything big either; just having good conversations with friends and family can make you happier than you think.
- Make a list of things that make you grateful every day: Even if they’re as simple as taking the time out for yourself each morning before work/school to make sure everyone in your house has something healthy to eat or even just smiling at someone who looks like they need it – these little actions really add up! It’s also okay to put down big events too – such as a promotion or vacation. Writing down the things you are grateful for is a special way of calling attention to them so you won’t forget about the good in your life.
- Remember how good it feels to be grateful: Even if you don’t feel it today, look back at times in the past that made you happy and remember how good it felt. (This is why writing things down can come in handy!)
If you’re looking to live a more grateful life, remember that it doesn’t have to take up loads of your time and energy. It’s the little things you do and say each day that bring more gratitude – to you and to others.