Updated: Nov 21
November is National Gratitude Month. What are you grateful for this year?
It's common practice for many of us to consider what we're grateful for when the Thanksgiving season rolls around. However, this is a practice we should incorporate into our daily routine every day of the year. It's important to continually be aware of the things around us in our lives that we're grateful for, whether big or small. Although, it's easy to forget due to the chaos and stress of everyday life pulling us away from this positive mentality. But this is precisely why we should practice gratitude by incorporating three small steps into our daily routines!
1. Observe the Good Around You
Simply observing the good around you can help you become aware of the small things in life that bring you joy. It's an easy thing to do, and it also allows you to become more in tune with your surroundings and to be conscious of the present moment. You can simply look at a family member, friend, pet, or any important figure around you at any given moment and think about how grateful you are for them. This is just one example of how you can observe the good things in your life to remind yourself of the positivity that surrounds you. This may be a simple way to practice gratitude, but these small actions can immensely shift your mentality in a more positive direction.
2. State what You're Grateful for Out Loud
Verbalizing what you're grateful for positively affects your mentality, similar to positive affirmations. When you state the things you're thankful for, it allows you to become more aware of the goodness surrounding you. Hearing these spoken statements encourages your mind to focus more on these positive declarations, enabling you to focus on these grateful thoughts. While this may be another simple way to practice gratitude daily, it can help our minds immensely by reminding us of the many great things that exist in our lives.
3. Keep a Gratitude Journal
In a gratitude journal, you can list everything you're grateful for or create a journal entry describing the good things that happened throughout your day. Writing down these things allows us to visualize the great things in our life in the form of a list or written words. In our daily routines, we often make mental lists of the things that are wrong with our lives or tasks we must complete. Instead, list the good things and the positive moments you experience daily! This will take you from a negative headspace into a more positive and grateful one!
Hopefully, incorporating some of these tips will help you improve practicing gratitude daily! Thank you for reading.