Being more grateful for the things in your life is one of the best ways to practice self care. A regular gratitude practice can help to center you, reduce anxious feelings, feel better about yourself and even help those around you to feel better about yourself. If you don’t have an intentional gratitude practice in your life, here’s 5 easy ways to practice gratitude daily.
Keep it Simple!
Write down some mantras that personally speak to you, and then say them to yourself each day. This is a great way to feel more positive every day. You can even write them on sticky notes and put them in your office or around the house where you can see them. Or keep a small notebook with you to read them out loud when you feel like you need a reminder.
Here’s some easy gratitude mantras and quotes to get you started:
- I’m happy and grateful for the life I have today.
- I’m grateful for the people I have in my life today.
- I’m grateful for this body that I have, no matter how I might be feeling today.
- I’m grateful for a roof over my head.
- I’m grateful that God is working for my greater good.
- I’m grateful for a new day and for another chance to make my life better
- I’m grateful to have enough to eat today, many do not have this privilege.
- I’m thankful for community – friends, family, neighbors, church, clients and mentors
- I’m grateful for music that lifts me and speaks to my heart
- I’m grateful to watch the sun rise and the stars come out.
- “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
- Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette
- Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
- “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth
- “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
- “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
- The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis
- “I’ve had a remarkable life. I seem to be in such good places at the right time. You know, if you were to ask me to sum my life up in one word, gratitude.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
- “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
Tell Someone Personally
Do you feel gratitude toward a family member, friend or someone else who has been a good influence in your life, but never got around to expressing it? Then tell them! There’s no better way to express your gratitude to someone than to tell them directly with a smile. This small exchange can be a wonderful boost for both of you.
Take a Daily Picture of Something You’re Grateful For
It doesn’t have to be perfect, filtered or photoshopped. Just look for the little things around you that make you smile or make your life easier. This is an easy practice that doesn’t involve writing, and will help you to find something good every day. You might even try creating a positive Instagram account (keep it private, if you wish) dedicated to things you’re grateful for. And follow only positive, encouraging accounts.
Use Your Planner
If you don’t want to start a separate journal, try using your daily planner.Most planners have space for daily notes, or if you have a space that you’re not using, repurpose it to write down one thing you’re grateful for, instead of dwelling on the negative circumstances.
Create a Gratitude Journal
This is a time tested way to express gratitude in your life. It can be as simple as one or two sentences in your journal about what you’re grateful for, or you can set a goal of 3-5 things every day that you want to be grateful for.
Need some planner inspiration? Here’s some gratitude journals I’ve created on Amazon!