Practicing gratitude is a super tiny shift that can have a seismic impact on your happiness.
Gratitude is strongly and consistently correlated with happiness. (And don’t just take my word for it, take Harvard’s psychology research).
When you’re going through a rough patch (like I did) focusing on the positive is critical. With a regular practice, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for the world around you and a happier heart.
After building a practice of writing down a few things you’re thankful for each day, you’ll notice your mindset shift.
Not only will your outlook become more positive, but you’ll start to see all these incredible things around you - like how magnificent that big cedar tree is, or how good the fresh air after the rain. And you’ll think, “wow, how did I get so lucky?” Suddenly, the good in everything will become magically evident.
By cultivating an attitude of gratitude, you’ll be more downright happy.
So, here are 3 easy peasy ways to cultivate gratitude:
#1: Do it with intention.
Treat ‘yo self. Buy a nice agenda with the dates on it, maybe even splurge a bit, use your favorite pen. Take it on vacay. Leave on your bedside table. (It’s art, ahem). P.S. that's mine above!
#2: Do it daily before bed.
I don’t know about you, but my mind races when I hit the pillow. Taking a quick minute to jot down three good things about my day allows me to have a calmer mind before I turn out the lights. Otherwise, I’ll just be flustered about what’s on the schedule for tomorrow.
#3: Do it and make it a quickie.
If you are like me, you’re just scrolling Instagram before bedtime, so swap habits. (Or scribble away quickly, and then hit the ‘gram).
#4: Do it even if you had a bad day.
Honestly, the journaling works its magic even on a downer day. Because it forces you to see learn how to see the good in every situation, it will make you feel a teensy bit better about the sh*t that went down. Even if I had a massive stomach flare up at a party from the hors d'oeuvres, I’d still write down that I was grateful to see my pals.
#5: Do it with others.
Lastly, tell people you are grateful for them, their gifts, and their work. It feels so much better to receive an “I’m so grateful for this” versus a “thank you.” Works wonders for the soul. Plus, it's like a mini happiness boost throughout the day.
Peace, love, and gratitude,