Living Positively: Ways to Have More Gratitude in Every Day

Living Positively: Ways to Have More Gratitude in Every Day

     Life can get pretty overwhelming, and when we’re trying to speed through all the tasks we need to accomplish, we tend to forget to take a look around us. We forget to stop and smell the roses. We forget to love our loved ones a little harder. If you’re tired of living at hyper-speed, then take time to slow down, breathe, and be thankful. Check out some of our favorite ways to have more gratitude in every day—the attitude shift will ensure you continue these practices every day.

Practice Mindfulness

     The sooner you start meditating and focusing on slowing down and keeping calm, the sooner your brain will automatically utilize this powerful tool in stressful situations. Every day, sit down for ten minutes and focus on calming your brain and body. There are many different things you can think about to practice mindfulness, but if you truly want to become more grateful, then you need to spend time thinking about what you’re grateful for. Daily gratitude practice will rewire your thoughts to be more naturally grateful.

Quit Being Picky

     Stop being picky, and start being appreciative. A lot of people only appreciate the big things in life, but the sooner you start appreciating the smallest things, the sooner this gratitude will resonate to all parts of your life. Starting small is a wonderful way to bring gratitude into your everyday life.

Spend Quality Time with Kids and Family

Now, gratitude isn’t just about you—it’s about your family, too. Once you adopt a more grateful and gracious mindset, your family will follow suit. Teaching your kids this may seem tough, but the one key aspect is to show your kids that you’re grateful—and that means spending time with them. The more quality time you spend with your loved ones, the easier sharing the love will be.

Keep a Gratitude Journal

Journaling in general is great for your mental health, but a lot of people have a habit of venting in their journal. That may be cathartic, but too much negativity can bring down your general attitude. Start a gratitude journal to counteract those negative waves. Write down positive thoughts and events that happened throughout the day, and soon you’ll look forward to sharing those bright moments.

Stop Comparing

     Comparison kills—truly. When you live a full of comparison, it becomes harder to appreciate the wonderful things happening in your life. If you want to master gratitude, then the comparisons have to stop. The more thankful you are for what you have, the more positivity and love you’ll have to spread.

     Hopefully, these steps will help you live a life of more gratitude and positivity. Strive to see the beauty in all things—nature, people, moments—and appreciate them every day. When you see the beauty, gratitude comes a lot more easily.

Sue Baxter