For the month of November and for Thanksgiving we will talk about gratitude. Gratitude is not hard nor time consuming. Gratitude can be as simple as saying thank you. Having some sort of gratitude everyday can help improve your ability to think positively. Practicing gratitude helps us connect to others and the world around us that we may take for granted. Here are a few tips and ideas to practice gratitude:
- Practice thinking of 3 things every day that you are thankful for. Whether it be in the morning or late in the evening – sit down and write 3 things you are happy to have in your life.
- Turn a negative situation into a positive. If you’re having a bad day- turn it around, think of ways you can make it into a positive day. Try to see the positive side of a situation.
- Tell someone in your life everyday how much they mean to you and how special they are to you. Tell someone you love them. Tell your friend how you appreciate their company.
- Be aware of what is around you. If you are riding your bike or going for a walk, take the time to appreciate nature and the scenery around you.
- Include an act of kindness to your day. Pick up a stranger’s belongings if they drop something, pay for someone’s meal, help your neighbors carry in their groceries.
- Commit to one day a week to not complain about anything. Writing 3 things you are grateful for everyday can be challenging at first but after practicing all of these helpful tips every day, you will be able to think of more than just 3 things.