14 Creative Ways To Practice Gratitude

mbg Contributor By Shannon Kaiser
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Shannon Kaiser is the best-selling author of 5 books on the psychology of happiness and fulfillment including The Self-Love Experiment, Adventures for Your Soul, and Joy Seeker. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which inspires many of us to pause and practice gratitude.

Developing an "attitude of gratitude" isn't just a pop psychology trend. It has been linked to an overall better quality of life, and one study shows feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked.

Perhaps we could all use a little more tender love and care. Feeling gratitude is one of the most beneficial ways to feel more inner peace. We can't control what happens around us or to us, but we can always control how we react. Those folks who are grateful tend to be more easygoing, happier and more secure.

You don't have to wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks. Here are 14 creative ways to practice more gratitude.

1. Write a handwritten letter to someone you've never properly thanked. Send by mail or hand-deliver; don't email.

2. Create An Appreciation Calendar. Each day, write five things you're grateful for and put it on a calendar.

3. Turn everything into a gift. Instead of your normal morning coffee, think of that cup as the gift of coffee. The gift of laughter. The gift of a smile.

4. Focus on something you're looking forward to and be grateful.

5. Say "I'm grateful for you," to everything you touch today.

6. Enjoy the little things. With a small task you do today, such as washing your hands or texting a friend, ask yourself how your life would be without it.

7. Look in the mirror and say, "I appreciate you," or, "I'm thankful for you."

8. Reach out to an author whose book has changed your life and share your gratitude in an email or letter.

9. Share a positive post on social media about a friend, company or product you truly love.

10. Spend five minutes with your hand on your heart, appreciating you and all of your hard work.

11. Donate your time or money to an organization or charity you believe in.

12. Make a list of ways you've impressed yourself lately. Think about what the challenges in your life have taught you. Be thankful for the blessing in the lesson.

13. Call your parents or children and tell them you appreciate them.

14. Send love to a force bigger than you, and give thanks to your higher power.

For more inspiration grab this FREE Love Your Life to the Fullest Guide.

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