the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Expressing gratitude on a regular basis plays a vital role in having a positive mindset – people who do so seem to be happier in life, and who doesn’t want that? Most people assume that expressing gratitude means verbal or physical acts of kindness, but gratitude is also psychological, it’s a much deeper appreciation and feeling of being thankful. There are so many things in life to be grateful for but in this chaotic world we live in, sometimes it’s hard to have time to stop and smell the roses. Top motivational speakers including the likes of Tony Robbins consistently cite gratitude, and the act of thinking and expressing it as part of their key to a happy, successful life and daily routine. So, we are here to help bring a little bit of positivity to your life and show how easy it is to express gratitude everyday.
VERBALISE YOUR GRATITUDE
The most underrated way of expressing gratitude is verbalising appreciation. When someone is going above and beyond or doing something you are thankful for, just saying ‘thank you’ to them is such a small but effective way to show someone you are grateful for what they are doing. If you want to go a bit further, buy them a coffee or a box of chocolates – it can honestly make someone’s whole day or week; it’s again such a small gesture that makes a big impact to another person.
WRITE IT DOWN
Everyone has those days when the alarm goes off and you just don’t want to face the day – but what if you were to wake up with a reminder of what makes you grateful for each day? Starting the day with a positive reminder will help you remember that there’s always something to be thankful for. Write a list of 10 things you are grateful for in life, whether it be your friends and family, your body for all it does or having a roof over your head. Wake up and go to bed with this list on your bedside table and remind yourself that you are lucky enough to enjoy these simple things in life, which some people unfortunately don’t get to experience.
Smiling is so bloody contagious. Do you ever see someone in public smiling and giggling to themselves and you can’t help but smile yourself? A smile means the same thing in every language and can turn someone’s day around in an instance. It can make people feel acknowledged and appreciated. You never know what someone is going through in life – smile at a person while walking down the street or at the groceries – your smile could be the only one they see all day, and could mean much more to them than you may think. Looking up and noticing the things around you that you are grateful for provides a nice pause for your day and a little mental refresh.
Living with gratitude in your heart and constantly making habits to appreciate the good in your life is an amazingly easy way to remedy negative mindsets and live life with more purpose!