Attitude of Gratitude Series - Gratitude Best Practices
We want you to develop your attitude of gratitude as fast as possible and we recommend that you follow these 9 best practices. These best practices will guide you through your gratitude journey and help you to achieve your goals.
1. Many Reasons to be Grateful
Never view gratitude as the result of an exchange between a giver and a receiver. It is also not just connected to material things. Sometimes people will give you good advice and you can express your gratitude to them for this for example.
Think about all of the things that you take for granted in your life. What about the fact that you wake up in the morning and have another day to live or the people that you have in your life? There are always things that you can be grateful for.
2. Decide on what to be Grateful for
Look for happiness in the things in your life that you have right now. Pay special attention to the small things in your life that you probably take for granted. Start to become more aware of nature and think about the food that you eat and the fact that you have a roof over your head for example.
Look at all of your problems as opportunities to grow and express gratitude for this. Most people let their problems overwhelm them and have a negative attitude about them. By appreciating your problems, you will become a lot stronger and wiser.
3. Gratitude Leads to Abundance
Developing an attitude of gratitude will open up more abundance for you. When you are grateful you send positive signals to your subconscious mind and the Universe. The Law of Attraction will manifest the things that you really want in life, and being appreciative of what you have will help you to manifest more.
It is important that you believe that gratitude leads to abundance. You create positive energy when you express gratitude and the more that you practice showing your appreciation the more that you will notice how much better your life is getting.
4. Develop a Gratitude Mindset
The vast majority of people do not have a gratitude mindset. They take most things in life for granted. A gratitude mindset will make you a lot more optimistic about your future and help you to see the good in everything even if initially things look bad.
To help you to develop your gratitude mindset always be grateful when you wake up in the morning and just before you retire at night. Start a gratitude journal and make entries in it every day. Be sure to express your gratitude to others as much as possible and use the feedback that you get from them to drive you forward.
5. Gratitude Empowers you
Gratitude will empower you in more ways than you might think. It will provide you with a sense of optimism and help transition you from negative thinking to positive thinking. It will also help you see yourself in a better light and improve your empathy.
With an attitude of gratitude you will find that you have more energy than you did before and you will be a lot more enthusiastic about life. It will also help you to discover your true meaning in life. Your social skills will also improve with gratitude and you will make friends more easily and create stronger connections.
6. You can Learn Gratitude
If you do not have an attitude of gratitude right now then you can learn it. You will need to be prepared to make consistent efforts with your gratitude and you will be able to express gratitude even when things are not going right for you.
Grateful people have realistic expectations and are always prepared for the surprises that life often brings. When you have an attitude of gratitude you will have unconditional happiness in your life. You will accept that good comes with bad and will be really optimistic about your future.
7. Develop Gratitude Habits
It is important that you develop gratitude habits. You can use these habits to replace your existing ones that do not support gratitude. Habits are going to take time to become automatic so you will need to have patience and be consistent with your efforts.
Gratitude brings so many benefits with it including physical and mental health benefits. Write a list of these and use it to drive you forward. Practice giving to others, writing heartfelt thank you notes with reflective gratitude rather than obligatory gratitude and start recording your daily gratitude in your gratitude journal.
8. Practice Gratitude Daily
Cultivate gratitude by practicing it daily. Use meditation to express gratitude. Reflect on the events of the day and record your gratitude moments in your journal before going to sleep. Use your journal to record as many of your gratitude moments as you can. Focus on your breathing and be thankful that you have breath.
Use visual and audible reminders to prompt you to practice gratitude. Get your family involved in your gratitude journey and encourage their participation. Write gratitude letters and thank you notes regularly.
9. Use Gratitude in your Relationships
People tend to take the most important people in their lives for granted. Don’t make this mistake or it can end in tears for you. Don’t assume that your loved ones know what you are thinking and how you are feeling. Let them into your life so that they know they are truly appreciated.
Using gratitude in your relationships is a lot more than just saying “thanks” as this is expected as the norm. When you express gratitude in a relationship include observation, how the person makes you feel and why you need them. Look at the important people in your life as people and express gratitude for their qualities.
We have gone to great lengths in this guide to explain to you what gratitude really is and the many benefits that it can bring you. Now it is your turn. Please don’t just read this guide and then do nothing. Use what you have learned every day to develop your attitude of gratitude.
Once you have your attitude of gratitude you will notice your life change significantly. You will have a far more optimistic outlook on life and you will find that more good things come into your life. So, make a commitment to lead a life of gratitude and start to develop your attitude of gratitude today.