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How to Start a Gratitude Practice and Change Your Life

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Sit down with pen and paper or at your computer and start, “I am grateful for …” 

Your gratitude list is a bridge across those troubled waters to a resting place on the other side.

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Keystone habits
Keystone habits

They lock all of your other habits in place.

A person might start exercising once per week, and unknowing begins eating better and being more productive at work. All because she started exercising once per week.

Stephen R. Covey
Stephen R. Covey

"Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them."

Benefits of Journaling
  • Increases focus;
  • Deeper level of learning, order, action, and release;
  • Holding thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated;
  • Releasing pent-up thoughts and emotions;
  • Empowerment;
  • Bridging inner thinking with outer events;
  • Detaching and letting go of the past;
  • Allowing you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind.
Gratitude promotes wellbeing

Gratitude, the feeling of being thankful, is known to increase wellbeing, with studies showing that it:

  • Protects from stress and depression
  • Makes relationships more fulfilling
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Increases mental toughness
  • Decreases worry
  • Improves the self-image
Gratitude branding
Gratitude has been repackaged and sold by personalities like Oprah, Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson who are touting the benefits of feeling grateful as a universal remedy for everything.
Society and gratitude

Gratitude is a natural feeling humans are equipped with, and the problem arises when there is more of ingratitude in society.

To have the capacity to feel gratitude, you must be able to receive and accept something helpful or good from another person. It helps if this is something you see happening around you from infancy, so you can learn how it works.

Things you feel grateful for

Identify 3 things that you feel grateful for and appreciate about your life.

These things can be based on the past, present, or future. No category or thing is too big or small to appreciate, however, being specific might be helpful.

Things you take for granted

Identify 3 things that you take for granted but are actually very thankful for.

This is the time to reflect and discover which of those you value the most. 

Things you appreciate about yourself

Identify 3 things that you appreciate about yourself.

Pick things that are meaningful. These can involve your personality, your qualities, your actions, or anything else directly related to yourself.