Identify 3 people

... that had a significant and positive influence on your life.

These can be coaches, mentors, professors, bosses, family members, or anyone else. Call those people to mind and think about how they made a difference in your life.

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Thank you message

Create a thank you message to those 3 individuals.

A great way to feel appreciative is to think about sending a thank you letter. You can write and send one if you want, or simply construct one that you would imagine sending to these people. Connect to that appreciation while thinking through your message.

Identify 3 things that you feel grateful for about your present--right now--experience.

Be in the here-and-now. Right now, what can you appreciate about your experience? Think about the environment, the time you're taking for your own wellbeing, the chair under your legs, anything that relates to the now.

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 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.

Identify the 1 thing that you are most appreciative of and feel it in your heart.

Allow that warmth, love, appreciation, and gratitude to wash over you.

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.

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  • Write letters
  • Give someone a hug
  • Listen actively
  • Tip someone gratefully for their service
  • Be patient with others
  • Help someone with an errand when they have their plates full
  • Appreciate a colleague for their help by crediting them in a public forum, meeting or team call
  • Compliment someone
  • Send someone a book or article which reminded you of them

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. 

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Daily Habits of Gratitude and Appreciation are One of the Highest Emotional States
  1. When you cultivate gratitude, you’re able to feel true joy and contentment, no matter what you have or don’t have in your life.
  2. The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like, when you’re grateful for what you already have, you will naturally attract more for which you can be grateful.
  3. Gratitude is one of the most important habits of successful people – a natural daily habit, so you can attract more joy and abundance into your life all year long.

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