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How to Practice Gratitude

Most of us say the words “thank you” countless times each day, like when someone opens the door for us or says “bless you” when we sneeze. During these times are we really in the moment with gratitude, or just acting out of habit?

For some, acts of kindness and generosity are difficult to accept, and even those who invite the feelings of gratitude don’t often express it. The ‘gratitude gap’ references the large number of Americans who report high on feeling grateful and low on expressing it to those for whom they are grateful.

 

Gratitude & Health

Did you know that practicing gratitude is good for your health? Research has linked gratitude to a myriad of benefits, including a strengthened immune system, improved sleep quality, and increased feelings of optimism and joy. Gratitude has even been shown to mitigate depression simply through regular gratitude journaling.

 

How to Practice Gratitude

Not sure how to begin? Here are a few ways you can start today:

 

  1. Gratitude Journal: Write a daily list of things you are grateful for including people and things you value, personal qualities, and abilities. There is nothing too insignificant to include on your list.

 

  1. Silver Linings: Consider difficult moments that have been the catalyst for change and growth in your life.

 

  1. Try a 5 Min Gratitude Practice: Taking just 5 minutes a day to focus on appreciation and gratitude can help shift your day and perspective. Try this practice:

 

  1. Share Gratitude: Let the people in your life know you appreciate them. Share what you are grateful for with others and invite them to share with you.

 

The more you intentionally incorporate gratitude into your daily life, the more you will find to appreciate.

Join us this month for our class on Mindfulness & Gratitude and our Tuning in for Teens workshop.

 

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