Gratitude is a great way to turn your attention away from what’s missing in your life and towards the good things that are already there. It’s easy to take what we have for granted, but even appreciating the small things in your day like a good meal, a chat with a friend or a beautiful sunset, can be a reminder of how lucky we are and how precious life is. Research shows that people who feel gratitude are less likely to be depressed and worried, and more likely to feel satisfied with their lives. Here are some ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily routine.
Each day, think of 3 things you are grateful for. Nature. People. Community. Shelter. Creature comforts like a warm bed or a good meal. It's amazing what you notice when you focus on feeling grateful.
Start a gratitude journal. Making a commitment to writing down good things each day makes it more likely that we will notice good things as they happen.
Practice gratitude rituals. Some people say grace before a meal. Pausing in gratitude before eating doesn't have to be religious. It's a simple habit that helps us notice and appreciate the blessing of food on the table.
Show your appreciation to someone who did something nice. Being appreciative of other people for the small things they do makes both you and them feel good. And being appreciated will inspire them to do the same for someone else.
Express gratitude by doing a kindness. Gratitude might inspire you to return a favour, or act with kindness or thoughtfulness. Hold the door open for the person behind you, even if it means waiting a little longer than you normally would.