Gratitude generally is, one of the sole segments of many positive emotions that is referred to as in appreciation or to thank in return to whatever is satisfactory in your life or whatever comfort you do have in your life. It’s a state of mind
Being grateful is, nonetheless, a characteristic which everyone must possess, but we don’t often experience such a feature in every other person we meet. Building gratitude habits, however, would make you look unique to everyone around you or in your community.
We all complain, it’s a fact of life. It may seem difficult to find out what you are grateful for when our world seems to collapse around us.
Have you ever find yourself complaining about your job and your coworker telling you that you should be grateful that you have one because some people out there can’t have a job. And you to say, “I am working too much hard for the small pay”. We often forget the simple things like being able to eat, walk, talk, wake up in the morning, see the sunset, been loved. Isn’t it enough blessing to count and be grateful for instead of ignoring such million worth things and take things for granted?
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“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich”. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Gratitude brings happiness, and happiness is contagious. We all are going through a hard time but together we’ll find ways the bring back that happiness, joy, and love. by appreciating little things around us.
Benefits of gratitude
Practicing gratitude doesn’t take time and cost any money but the return on this free investment is enormous. Research shows that gratitude can have emotional, health, social life, career benefits, and all can contribute to increasing our happiness.
This illustration is just an example of these benefits and how they contribute to increasing our happiness.
8 ways to cultivate gratitude
Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude in uncertain times.
1- Keep a gratitude journal
Journaling is a lovely way to check with yourself. Keep a journal by your bedside and upon waking up, dedicated a few minutes to examine your experience by writing down what you are grateful for. You may decide to write the way you feel about someone who has hurt you in the past.
This can contribute to a healing exercise, to help let go of feelings and allow you to see the good side of the situation. Consistency is key. Keep feeding your journal every day. You will soon notice some difference in your mood and the way you see things.
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2- Start small even small steps lead to big results
You just need a couple of minutes. As they said Rome was not built in one day. Everyday count. Start with 5 min each day. It may not feel natural in the beginning, but it will get easier as time goes. The easiest way is to include it in your daily routine. For example, while making your bed, doing your dishes, or even when taking shower. You can double the time when you feel it. That way it becomes habitual and doesn’t require any rearranging of your day.
3- Count your blessings
Here is the part I love. Why? Well because we do not realize how lucky we are. We tend to see and point the little bad thing that happens in our life instead of focusing on the best things we never had. Being alive. Did you thought about you being lucky to breathe, see, walk, talk, being around your loved one, have kids, parents, have a job, business and so more? We take all these things for granted.
During your journaling time write down 10 things that you are grateful for. In all areas of your life. You chose one area of your life every day of the week and list 10 blessings. this will help you realize how lucky and how rich you are
4- Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is often described as the practice of “simply be in the moment”. We all have busy days, doing plenty of stuff, and usually don’t have time to simply enjoy our day. No time to stop at the park for example to breathe pure air smell the good scent from flowers. Stop and focus on the present, enjoy the time whit no judgment. I have been there and it not as easy as it sounds but with time it will become a habit.
Here are some simple ways to helps you get on the road of mindfulness.
- Making time to meditate
- Find a place to practice
- Having an intention
Why are you interested in practicing mindfulness? You surely have an intention in mind. Well for me the intention is to cultivate that inner peace.
- Find a friend
Practicing with a friend or a family member is easy and more fun, you will be accountable to each other.
5- Shift your mindset from receiving to giving
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran
Some people only focus on what they can get out of life and relationships. It’s not all about you.
Give, help, volunteer, serve the world around you can change your mindset for the good. It’s way more satisfying to focus on giving than, be focus on only what you can get from people or situations around you. When you create this shift, coming from a space of giving, your brain starts coming up with more and more creative ways to spread more and more abundance. Volunteering to help other people can make a huge impact on how you feel about yourself and your view of the world.
6- Forgive someone who has hurt you
Forgiveness is a choice. Forgiveness might not sound directly connected to gratitude, but when you forgive someone who has hurt you, the choice you are making is to free your heart and your mind from that weight you had on your conscience. Remember forgiving does not mean you are weak. It is another way to love yourself, and by doing you will find more opportunities to feel and express gratitude.
7- Carry a symbol
One of the easiest ways to practice gratitude is to carry or wear something that makes you feel good and reminds you to be grateful. Like a stone, bracelet, stone, ring, or even a keychain. This is a great way to maintain mindfulness throughout your day. And mindfulness will increase your capacity for gratitude. By the way, you can grab my 31 days of gratitude challenge HERE
8-Thank the people who serve you in the community
One thing about being polite is to say thank you when someone near you gives you a hand. However, those people who serve in your community deserve the best treatment especially since the pandemic hit, we all realize how indispensable they are to our lives. health care workers, police officers, social workers, grocery store workers, retail employees, restaurant staff, teachers, housekeeping staff and so more. Make your time and go say thank you to those people or send them a message that will be appreciated and you on your side will feel deep down some sort of relief. Here are some examples of messages you can use.
- Words are not enough to thank you for your strength, courage, and dedication.
- Being on the frontline isn’t easy, but it is very much appreciated.
- Stay safe. I’m rooting for you.
- You deserve our applause, our thanks, and our respect.
- You are making a bigger impact than you realize.
- Our community is better because you are a part of it.
- Thank you for everything you are doing to help us all.
- We depend on your strength and can never thank you enough
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We all are going through a hard time in our lives at some point, and during those times we tend to be sad by not appreciate the good things around us and people who love us instead of being grateful for the good things we have. I hope this article enlightened you and will help you when it comes to build and cultivate gratitude even in a hard time.
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