Gratitude is scientifically proven to improve mental health and increase happiness. Gratitude is “the quality of being thankful.” Gratitude, however, is much deeper than just saying “thanks” more. Taking the time to stop and truly reflect and be grateful for the things we have in our life can shift our mindset and how we “show up” in the world. Over time a gratitude practice can rewire our brains to automatically search for good things. This little shift is associated with being happier and healthier. Now that you know the benefits of gratitude, here are five easy ways to incorporate it into your life.
1. Start a gratitude journal. I try to spend a few minutes in my morning routine journaling each day. If you already have a journal you can start adding in what you are grateful for, or you can purchase a gratitude journal. I really like this one and this one from Amazon.
2. Likewise, you can start a gratitude jar. You can get this ready made one from Nordstrom or alternatively take an empty jar and leave slips of paper nearby. Each day you can add to the jar something you are grateful for.
3. Thirdly, you can use a gratitude app. This one is harder for me to keep up with but may work for some. If you are not big on journaling this may be right for you!
4. Prayer and meditation are also two great ways to reflect and give thanks.
5. Make gratitude your nightcap by thinking of at least one thing you are grateful for that happened during the day. This will help you be more grateful, and also ensure you end each day on a high note!
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