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Use This Simple Daily Gratitude Habit to Be Grateful Every Day
I have a simple gratitude habit that I have been following nearly every day for three years. I want to share it with you here. First, let me set the stage. The other day I ordered takeout from one of my favorite Indian restaurants for dinner.

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A positive frame of mind

It is a really good idea to force yourself into a positive frame of mind at least once per day. No matter what happens each day, when you sit down for dinner, think about the good in you...

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The cumulative effect

The individual impact of any one piece of gratitude is small, but the cumulative effect is huge. The pow...

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Gratitude is free

You start to realize how insignificant monetary things are for your day-to-day happiness. The majority of your grateful moments don’t cost a dime: time spent with friends and family, something nice so...

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Small habit

The gratitude habit is incredibly small. There are not many habits that you are able to pick up immediately and follow every day.

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Habit stacking

A habit can be tied to another behavior. Using the idea of habit stacking, stack your gratitude habit on top of your habit of eating dinner each night. It is so much easier to build a new habit...

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