How to Practice Gratitude
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Why? Because the benefits of practicing gratitude on Thanksgiving – and every day of the year – are proven to give your mental health and body a boost. And I'm naturally a giver! I love sharing and giving of myself to others. My mission in life is to help everyone around me become their happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. Read below for tips on how to incorporate more gratitude into your daily routine.
What is Gratitude Practice?
Before we start naming everything we are thankful for, we need to consciously practice gratitude. It is a little more than just saying, "Thank You." Follow these three simple steps to practice gratitude: notice, appreciate, and then express thanks.
1. Notice Something Good
Find and notice the positive things in your life. This helps to push the negative thoughts and things out of it. Something good can be anything in your life: a person, nature, a movement, a favorite food, being active, etc.
2. Appreciate the Goodness
Consciously pay attention to and focus on the positive thing you are appreciating. Take time to fully absorb everything positive coming from it.
3. Express Your Gratitude
Give thanks by expressing it to yourself, writing it down, or by thanking someone. These are just a few ways to express gratitude.
3 Ways to Practice Gratitude
Here are a few tips on how to practice gratitude. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see more information and ways to be your best.
1. Start a Ritual
One familiar ritual for many people is to say grace or thanks before a meal. Another one is to meditate each morning for five minutes. Find what works for you and try to do something daily.
2. Say 'Thank You'
This sounds simple, but we all sometimes forget to say thanks. Try saying thank you to all the people in your community–the bus driver, the grocery bagger, the delivery driver, the customer service person on the phone, etc.
3. Find the Good in Your Mistakes
This can be hard, especially if you are looking for goodness immediately after your mistake. If you find this difficult, give yourself some time and reflect on your error a day later, or even a week. Mistakes are stepping stones and opportunities to learn. There is almost always something positive that comes out of mistakes, even if you can't see it at first.
Why I'm Thankful
I'm grateful for so many things this year. Here are just a few:
My family and friends who make up my incredible support system.
Living my life with intention and serving others through holistic health coaching and personal training.
Achieving a healthy gut microbiome through healthy, plant-based eating habits.
You! I'm thankful for my personal training and health coaching clients, whether in-person, groups, bootcamp, or virtually. Your smiles and inspiration bring joy to each day!
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