12 Easy and Powerful Ways to Accelerate Gratitude
There are so many benefits to living a life of gratitude. It will make you much more optimistic about your future and it will help you to attract more good things in your life. There are physical and mental health benefits as well. Practicing gratitude regularly will strengthen your immune system and help you to cope better with stress.
If you are committed to making the transition to a gratitude filled life, then the 12 powerful and effective methods in this special report will help you to achieve your goal a lot faster than other methods. They are all simple to implement and very effective so don’t just read this blog – take action every day.
Consistency is the most important thing when you are trying to develop a gratitude habit in your life. You need to use these methods even if you don’t feel like using them. It is going to take at least 30 days for a new habit to form so that you start doing these things automatically. So, learn, implement, and keep implementing!
Start and Maintain a Gratitude Journal
There is genuine power in writing. Nobody really knows the reason why, but it doesn’t matter. When you write things down not only do you have a record which you can reflect back on at a future time, but you are making a stronger commitment to changing your life.
Start a gratitude journal today. When people hear the word “journal” they think of fancy leather-bound diary type books that cost a ton of money. You don’t need anything like this. Just a spiral notebook and pen are fine. Keep this near your bed so that you can record your gratitude morning and night.
It will take you just a minute or two to write down what you are grateful for each day. The beauty of having a gratitude journal is that you can go through it once a week to reflect on what you were grateful for the previous week. This will inspire you and keep you firmly on your path to a gratitude filled life.
Get into the habit of recording all your gratitude moments in your journal. At the end of the day think about what has happened and the events where you were grateful to others. Record all of these in your journal. It doesn’t matter how small the events were – if they caused you to express gratitude then make an entry about them.
If you want to you can carry your gratitude journal around with you wherever you go. In this way you can record gratitude moments as they happen. Always remember to state the reasons for your gratitude and how this made you and the receiver feel.
In the mornings when you get up grab your gratitude journal and write down three things that you are very grateful for in your life right now. These can be small things or big things – it really doesn’t matter. So, for example the fact that you woke up and you have another day to look forward to is a good reason to be grateful.
As you write each one down think about the reason why you are so grateful and experience how this makes you feel. So, if you are grateful to have a specific person in your life then write down why they are so important to you and the feelings that you have about them.
Repeat this process before you go to bed each night. It will help you to sleep a lot better because you will lay your head down feeling happy and content with your life. So go through the “three things” process at the start and end of each day to really accelerate your gratitude.
An Act of Kindness a Day
It is very easy for you to perform an act of kindness for others every day. An act of kindness can be something small such as giving someone praise or encouragement. You can start with your family. Provide some help to them in some way. You need to change your mindset to look for ways that you can perform small acts of kindness each day.
Think about who has helped you recently, a family member, co-worker, or friend. Write them a note thanking them for their help and mention the specific thing that they helped you with. You should always say “thank you” to people with sincerity when they do something for you. But this is not enough as a thank you is expected as the norm.
You will get a lot of satisfaction from helping other seven in a small way. When you perform your daily act of kindness, note the reaction from the receiver of this act. It is very likely that their face will light up and they will say some very nice things to you. This will make you feel warm inside and inspire you to keep going with your gratitude.
See the Good around you
There is good all-around you – all you need to do is look for it. In the summertime notice the butterflies that are dancing around the flower sin your backyard or in the park. Look at the people that you live with and think about how proud you are of all of them.
Most people live a very fast paced life these days and take most things for granted. They don’t pause and take the time to appreciate the world that they live in and the people that are in their life. If you are not currently doing this, then don’t worry. It is easy to take a few seconds out of your busy life and just focus on the smaller things.
Leading a life of gratitude is all about being appreciative of what you already have. So, schedule a time each day where you will just take a little time to look around you and reflect on your life. You will soon discover many things that you can be grateful for.
Live in the Moment
People spend too much time dwelling in their past and concerning themselves about their future. What has happened in the past is gone and there are ways that you can be grateful for events that have happened in your life so far which we will discuss later.
Worrying about your future just fills your head with negativity and you will find it difficult to express gratitude in this situation. It is much easier to find things to be grateful for if you live in the moment. So just focus on the here and now and look around you. Who do you have in your life? What things do you have in your life?
So, take a few minutes out each day to just sit quietly and live in the moment. Focus on the here and now and if something interrupts your focus then refocus to the moment. If you need to go to a “special place” to really live in the moment that’s fine. Find somewhere that inspires you and visit this place daily to find things in your life to be grateful for.
Reflect on the Bad things in your Past
At first glance this probably appears negative to you but please read on and you will understand what we mean by this. Everybody has had bad experiences in the past. Maybe you had a time in your life when you had very little money or suffered an emotional break up or something that really made you feel bad.
What you need to do is think about how far you have come since those bad events occurred. If there was a time where you had no money, or very little, then be grateful that you have money now to provide for your family and buy the things that you want.
If you had a bad break up experience, then express gratitude for the partner that you have in your life right now. Your experiences are going to be unique so the examples here might not apply to you. This doesn’t matter as long as you understand the principle, we are trying to get across here.
Don’t do what most people do which is to dwell in the past and fill their head with negativity because of their previous mistakes. Use it as a positive exercise to compare where you were then to where you are now and be grateful for this change. Be grateful to yourself for having the strength and intelligence to make the transition as well.
Create a Reminder System
When you first start out on your gratitude journey it is essential that you find the motivation every day to express your gratitude. It’s easy to get caught up in life and forget to practice your gratitude. Don’t do this because you will lose your momentum. We recommend that you set up a reminder system around your home / office for your gratitude.
At home you can put up visual reminders in the form of print outs or written messages. Place these in locations where you know you will see them regularly such as on your refrigerator, in your bathroom, next to your computer or TV and so on.
Most people have a smartphone these days and you can use this to set up audible alarms to remind you to think about and express your gratitude. It is easy with modern phones to setup several alarms every day so learn how to do this and set those alarms!
Use a calendar to schedule a section of each day where you will practice your gratitude. If you want to do this on your computer or mobile device, then this is OK because you should be able to set up an alarm that tells you it is time for gratitude.
Create a Gratitude Benefits List
There are many benefits to living a life based on gratitude. Here are some of those benefits:
You will be aware of the abundance that already exists in your life
It will help you to have more abundance in your life
It will help you to minimize the stress in your life
It will make you a lot more optimistic about your future
It will provide you with an increased sense of community
It will improve your resilience to handling difficult events
It will increase your sense of emotional well being
It will increase the amount of physical activity in your life
It will help you to sleep better
It will improve your physical health
It will reduce feelings of depression
It will reduce feelings of anxiety
It will give your immune and cardiovascular systems a boost