We’ve all heard this buzz word before but what does it really mean? Holiday seasons often prompt us to think about what we are grateful for; the people around us, the resources we have, or the experiences we have had over the year. Of course, there are many times the holidays also do just the opposite. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could experience the joy of gratitude throughout the year and not just during the holidays?
Developing an attitude of gratitude is a practice, just like any other mentality. A professional athlete isn’t born with a tough and disciplined attitude, they practice it over time and over time it becomes a pattern and this pattern becomes a habit. Having an attitude of gratitude is no different.
Having an attitude of gratefulness means that on a regular basis, you make a habit of practicing intentional thankfulness and gratefulness for all areas of your life. If you focus on what you DO have, you will tend to see more of it and the good in it rather than focusing on what you don’t have you. Some ways to begin making this attitude a habit include:
- Every morning, saying out loud 10 things you are grateful for.
- Starting a gratitude journal. Write in it a little each day and don’t stop until you get to one thousand items.
- At the end of each day, tell yourself 3 things you are grateful that you did today.
- Each day, express thanks to 3 people in your life for who they are, what they are like, and what you are thankful for in your relationship.
If you are having difficulty being grateful at first, change the wording to what COULD I be grateful for? Instead of what SHOULD I be grateful for. Studies have been showing an increase in physical health for those that practice gratitude, so don’t wait any longer!