“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” — Oprah
When the world feels scary, or we’re just trying to get through our day-to-day, it can be challenging to see all the good that’s happening in our lives. Or worse, it can feel like there isn’t anything good!
You may already know the benefits that come along with practicing gratitude (it boosts your mood and self-esteem, helps you experience better health and sleep), but even with all the good it does, in times like these, it’s easy to fall off the gratitude wagon and focus on the bad.
If you’re feeling like you could use a boost in positivity (and let’s face it, who doesn’t right now?!), here’s a little nudge to help you get back on track with being grateful.
1. Start small.
If you’re having trouble thinking of anything to be grateful for, keep things simple. You’ve got eyes that see and a brain that can read this sentence.
Maybe you can also be grateful for the food in your pantry, or the phone call you had with a friend yesterday? Start small and eventually you’ll see more and more things to be thankful for.
2. Be consistent.
Just like with anything — the more you practice gratitude, the easier it becomes. Start and end your day with a simple list of five things to be thankful for. Most psychology studies have shown that the longer you practice gratitude, the more benefits you get. So do your best to make it a daily routine!
Speaking of … our free 5-day Gratitude Challenge begins again soon if you’d like to join us for a daily gratitude practice.
3. Tell three people today, “Thank You.”
It could be your grocery store clerk, your mom, your fur baby who keeps you smiling, your friend who texted to check-in, or anyone who’s shown some love or been of service. Take an extra minute to give a sincere thanks and put more gratitude and joy out into the world.
By the way, have we mentioned how grateful we are to have you as our readers? 🙂 Every Friday, we’re so thankful for everyone who takes a minute to open our emails, and for those of you who jot out a quick reply.
We hope we’re brightening your day because you’re certainly brightening ours!
With love and gratitude,
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“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” — Jefferson Bethke
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