One of the most important and powerful ways to center mindfulness in your life is to practice gratitude.
Taking the time to slow down and focus on what you are grateful for puts everything in perspective and helps to ground you in who you are, here and now.
There’s real science behind it – and how taking time to feel and express gratitude can actually help you reach your goals. I’m just going to hit the high points about how having a gratitude practice can help YOU.
You see, when you make the time to actively think about what you’re grateful for, it’s like doing a positivity reset for your brain and heart.
- It can lead you to see that you deserve positive things to happen in your life, and
- that you are capable of making them happen.
- It can help you feel better physically, with fewer symptoms of illness, and even
- help you to improve your relationships, do better in school and in your career, and so much more.
And here’s something really interesting…
People who regularly express gratitude are more motivated to engage in healthier activities that help them become more successful.
So, how do you build your gratitude muscles?
Idea #1: Keep a gratitude journal.
It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is write down three things every day that you’re grateful for – taking a moment to really FEEL the gratitude as you write.
If you want to take it a step further, here’s something else to try:
Idea #2: The Subtraction Exercise
Think about something important in your life – it could be a person, your health, something you’ve achieved, or an experience you’ve had.
Now, imagine your life without it.
What would be different? How would YOU and your day-to-day life be different?
Doing this exercise can help boost happiness and gratitude, according to researchers.
Today, I’m grateful for:
- My home and family
- My health and fitness
- My amazing clients
- Being able to spend time with people I care about this week
What are YOU grateful for?