Gratitude has the ability to bring us peace and serenity. It gives a sense of pleasure, appreciation, generosity, and compassion. It opens our hearts and rewires our brain to embrace positive thinking.
Here’s how to begin embracing gratitude:
1. Write a gratitude list.
We can so easily forget all the things we have to be grateful for. Sometimes we need a constant reminder of these things to shift our perception to one of love rather than fear. Writing a gratitude list keeps us focused on the solution and the positives in our lives.
2. Practice these mantras.
Mantras are powerful. They allow for us to rework our subconscious and empower ourselves. Here are some that are extremely helpful:
- I am enough.
- I trust myself to express my emotions and feelings.
- I choose to look at life through a lens of love.
- I will not let another person, place, or thing dictate my personal happiness.
- I am deserving to feel exactly how I feel.
- I am whole and complete just the way I am.
3. Send a loving text.
The simple text saying “Good morning” or “Have a nice day” goes far. It immediately connects you to another person and brings you to a higher level of consciousness. You are taken out of yourself and able to show up for another person. Giving love feels good. Try it, it works.
Meditation is a calming practice. You don’t have to be a spiritual person to practice it. Meditation is therapeutic as well, because it allows you to sit with yourself and truly focus on yourself. Be creative with your meditation. Make an altar, put on a guided meditation, or keep your eyes opened or closed.
5. Get your natural endorphins.
There's something to be said about moving your body. It makes you feel good and gets those natural endorphins going and naturally relieves stress and pain. Do something you enjoy. Make it an opportunity to pick up a new hobby. Take a dance class, go on a bike ride, or join a group fitness class.
6. Write a letter to someone you’re grateful for.
Gratitude is about perspective. When you’re out of gratitude, fear has likely come into play, the fear of not getting something you want or fear of losing something you have. Ultimately you're taken out of the present. Writing a gratitude letter brings you into the moment and makes you think about a specific person and all that they’ve contributed to your life. This contributes to appreciation and gratitude.
7. Volunteer your time.
There's something to be said about helping out another person, an organization, or a cause. It is a humbling experience that allows for you to be of service. This can put things into perspective and show you all that you have to grateful for. Join an organization that you are passionate about and that resonates with you. This is a recipe for long- and short-term happiness.
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