Warm sunshine on your face. A hug from a good friend. A delicious meal.
All of these are things to be grateful for, even though they seem small and insignificant.
When you practice gratitude, you can’t help but feel happy. Research has shown that people who count their blessings experience better health, build stronger relationships, and find it easier to deal with problems.
This is also great news for couples. If you express gratitude for your significant other, you will have more positive feelings toward them, and ultimately, your relationship will benefit from it, leaving you more satisfied.
All of that sounds good in theory, but how do you actually practice gratitude? Thankfully, there are many ways to do so. Here are three of them:
1) Start a Gratitude Journal. This is not your regular type of journal. In this little book, you’ll be writing only positive things. People, places, events – anything that you appreciate can be included. It’s important not to filter your thoughts but to let your creative juices flow.
2) Say Thank You to Someone. Make it a habit to thank people for their help and the positive impact they have on your life. This is a great way to make them happy, and you will also feel ten times better about yourself.
3) Try Gratitude Meditation. Pick something you’re grateful for and focus on it. If negative thoughts keep popping up, simply let them go and refocus on the good ones again. Do this as often as you like.
Feeling grateful comes easy to you when you’re already in a happy state, but for someone who’s going through hard times, it might be more of a challenge to allow these feelings.
What’s important is to not feel frustrated if you can’t think of too many things you’re grateful for. The more you practice, the easier it will get.
– In Praise of Gratitude