As we celebrate our country's Independence day, now is a great time to practice some gratitude.
Gratitude is an emotion that acknowledges and expresses appreciation for what one has.
Taking time for gratitude has a lot of benefits. Gratitude:
You’re probably thinking, that all sounds great! Sign me up!
Here are a few simple steps to help you practice gratitude regularly and reap the wonderful rewards.
Take a mental minute once a day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Do this when you wake up, before you go to bed, or whenever works for you. Whether you’re having a good day or bad, identify one or two things you are grateful for.
Write it down. Consider designating a journal, notebook, or note on your phone for your gratitude musings. And be specific. It feels great to see that list fill up! It’s a good visual remind of all you have to be thankful for.
Get creative if you want. Think about taking a photo each day to go along with your reflection, or write what you’re grateful for on a piece of paper and put it in a jar or a box to read this time next year.
Share your gratitude with people. If you’re grateful for people in your life or the things they do, let them know when they make your daily list. It will make them feel good and spread the gratitude magic.
Kick off the new year with a new habit that will make you feel good all year long.