5 Ways To Practice Gratitude

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, most of us reflect on what we’re thankful for. Being grateful doesn’t have to be just a once a year interest, there are many ways to give thanks, be grateful, and feel gratitude year round. The best part about it? Being grateful has health benefits that range from better sleep to increased self-esteem.

Read on to learn some tips on ways to be grateful today and every day.

Tip #1: Start A Gratitude Journal

Grab a fresh notebook and your favorite pen and write down what you are grateful for every day. It doesn’t have to be anything grandiose -- it can be as simple as “I’m grateful for food to eat today.” A gratitude journal reminds us of what’s good in life and helps us keep those things top of mind.

Tip #2: Send A Thank You Note

Who doesn’t like to get a note of thanks? Whether it’s a handwritten note or an email, send a note to someone who has done something nice for you lately and express your gratitude. Even just remembering to say thank you to people who do things for you goes a long way.

Tip #3: Perform A Random Act of Kindness

Whether it’s buying lunch for the person behind you at the drive-thru or volunteering at your local shelter, both giver and recipient are bound to feel good. Too often we see people being harsh toward each other, but little acts of kindness remind us, and others, of the good things.

Tip #4: Be Present & Pay Attention

In this digital age of smartphones and social media, it’s hard to put our phones down -- even when we’re with others. Next time you’re with someone, practice being present and paying attention to what they are saying without distraction. Show gratitude by smiling and actively listening in the company of others.

Tip #5: Smile!

Be thankful for the air you breathe and show it with a smile! Smile at those around you while out in the world - even if you’re having a bad day. You may be surprised at how your day turns around simply by smiling at others you may start to feel better yourself.