Attitude of Gratitude Series - Developing a Gratitude Mindset
Most people do not have a gratitude mindset. If you don’t currently have a gratitude mindset then don’t worry because we are going to show you how you can develop one. With dedication and practice you can develop one pretty quickly so please read every word of this chapter and follow the advice that it contains.
The Benefits of a Gratitude Mindset
When you have a gratitude mindset you will have a positive outlook on life instead of a negative one. Instead of being bitter and twisted about everything you will see life in a much more positive way. Everything in your life will begin to look a lot better.
In turn you will feel a lot happier with where you are in your life and optimistic about your future. Does this mean that you have to put up with not having what you want in your life? No of course it doesn’t. If you have a mean boss, do not earn enough money or have a partner who doesn’t treat you right then you can change all of these things.
To make major changes in your life you will need additional energy. A gratitude mindset will provide you with this extra energy. Being appreciative of what you have will move you closer to what you want. Your focus will improve and you will not feel bad any more about not having the things that you desire.
With a gratitude mindset you will see good in everything even if it is a major problem for you. So many people become overwhelmed with problems and have a really tough time resolving them. If you see all problems as opportunities to develop yourself and are grateful for this then solving these problems will be a lot easier for you.
Making the transition to a gratitude mindset will change your life for the better. You will be able to move forward with total confidence knowing that nothing will stop you achieving your goals. It really is worth the effort to develop a gratitude mindset so let’s take a look at some of the ways you can do this.
Develop a Gratitude Mindset with these 4 Methods
Sometimes life can make people ungrateful and pessimistic. Because of this they are very unhappy with their life and are always focusing on the things that they don’t have. Even if you find yourself in this situation you can develop a gratitude mindset if you follow these techniques below:
1. Be Grateful when you Wake Up
As soon as you open your eyes in the morning and get out of bed get your gratitude hat on. A good technique here is to think about three things that you are grateful for. Make these feelings of gratitude as strong as you can.
You do not have to think about major things in your life to be grateful for. The important thing here is that you have strong feelings surrounding the gratitude. So if you have a great friend in your life that has always supported you and helps you in every way that they can then you can be grateful for this person.
Why not be grateful for the fact that you have another day ahead of you when you wake up? Think about Monday mornings. A lot of people wake up on a Monday morning and instantly become depressed because they have a full week of work ahead. When you have a gratitude mindset you are grateful for life no matter what day it is.
2. Be Grateful before you retire each night
Before you go to sleep at night think about three more things that you are grateful for. Think about the things that happened over the course of the day and focus in on those things that you were grateful for. Maybe someone helped you out at work or maybe you accomplished something that was a real challenge for you.
If you cannot think of anything to be grateful for that happened to you during your day then just take a look around you. You are in a nice warm bed and you have protection from your home. This is a great thing to show gratitude over. Be really appreciative that you have a roof over your head and that you are not outside in the streets.
3. Create and Maintain a Gratitude Journal
Computers are great but there is real power from writing things down on paper. When you come up with three things to be grateful for in the morning and at night write them down in your journal. Also record how strongly you appreciate having these things in your life.
It may take you a while to get used to writing down your thoughts each day in a journal but the benefits are certainly worth it. If you are ever struggling for something to be grateful for then open up your journal and look back over what you have done before. This is sure to inspire you.
You do not need to go out and buy a fancy leather bound journal. Any notepad type arrangement is fine. Don’t put obstacles in the way that prevent you from starting a journal. As you make more journal entries it will become easier for you and you will enjoy writing in it each day.
4. Express your Gratitude to others
When you express gratitude for the things that you have in your life you can conjure up very strong feelings that make you feel great. Another great way to experience these feelings is to show gratitude to the people in your life.
When you are truly grateful to people you will see how much they appreciate this and it will really give you a lift. Tell your partner why you love them so much and watch their face light up. Express gratitude to a friend that has helped you recently and feel the vibe from them.
The more that you show this gratitude to others and experience the feedback the quicker you will develop your gratitude mindset. The other three methods will get you there fast as well so make a commitment to embrace these techniques and be grateful on a consistent basis.