Have an attitude of gratitude! Feeling and showing gratitude can improve our lives in so many ways and increase our feeling of overall happiness.
And the best part is that cultivating gratitude costs nothing and takes minimal time. It’s easy to make simple changes in our lives to show gratitude and improve our overall well being.
If you want to increase your happiness with gratitude, read on! Below are 10 easy ways to show gratitude and improve your life!
And don’t forget to download your FREE DAILY GRATITUDE JOURNAL!
What is gratitude?
Practicing gratitude is a subtle shift in our mindset that can truly transform our lives in a positive way!
The word “gratitude” has many definitions including simply “to be grateful”, however gratitude isn’t just an act of being thankful. It’s an emotion or true appreciation that we can feel and cause others to feel by our actions.
Of all of the definitions of gratitude that I’ve found, the following definition in “Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation” really resonates with me:
“Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.” – Randy A. Sansone, MD and Lori A. Sansone, MD
I love this definition because I believe that gratitude isn’t just an action, like saying thank you when someone passes you something (though that’s important too)!
To me, gratitude is an emotion that we genuinely feel and an attitude that we adopt. And it’s those deep feelings and grateful attitude that can improve our lives!
Can gratitude improve our lives?
Studies have shown that living a life full of gratitude can improve both our physical and mental health.
Gratitude is associated with having a greater sense of well being, greater life satisfaction, increased optimism, better sleep quality and improved relationships. Now who doesn’t want that?
Feeling grateful is such a positive emotion and in my books, positivity is one of the key components to living a happy life!
So now that we know that gratitude can improve our lives, let’s take action! Below are 10 easy ways to show gratitude, feel grateful and improve your life.
10 Easy Ways to Show Gratitude and Improve your Life
1. Write in a daily gratitude journal
This is number 1 for a reason! Taking even a few minutes every day to write down 3 to 5 things that you’re grateful for can dramatically improve your mindset and improve your life!
The positive difference I personally experienced by starting a daily gratitude journal is amazing! I find myself being more present and mindful, and I feel less concerned about some of the little things that used to bother me. I feel like I’m really adopting an attitude of gratitude!
Download your free copy of the Daily Gratitude Journal and get started today!
2. Practice mindfulness
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and realized half way through that you haven’t been listening at all? Yikes. This happens to the best of us, so let’s make a true effort to be present and truly listen and support each other
3. Appreciate the little things
Going hand in hand with mindfulness is appreciating the small stuff. Whether it’s the beauty of the sky/trees/sunset around you, the feeling of warmth from your clothing, or the extra kiss from a loved one. Take time to notice it and appreciate it.
4. Show kindness to others and yourself
One of my favourite quotes is “Kind people are my kinda people!” and it’s so true! Being kind to others feels good and fosters a positive environment. And let’s be kind to ourselves! That negative self talk needs to be tossed to the curb!
5. Give genuine compliments
If you’ve had amazing service somewhere or love what your friend is wearing or are totally impressed with your co-worker…tell them! We all love to receive compliments and giving them feels good! Let’s be generous with genuine compliments!
Is there a cause that you’re passionate about? Why not volunteer your time to contribute to the cause? I’m a huge fan of volunteers and so thankful for everything that they do! Volunteering feels great and you can connect with others who share the same passion as you!
7. Encourage everyone
“Someone else’s success is not your failure.” – Waves and Willows
I truly believe that by encouraging others, we help to build a better community and make positive change. Let’s encourage each other and celebrate the wins in life whether they’re ours or not.
There is no easier way to boost your happiness than by smiling. It’s even one of my 5 incredibly simple ways to feel happier in minutes! Because smiling affects us so powerfully and so positively, it also helps to put us in a perfect mindset to have an attitude of gratitude! So smile as much as you can!
9. Spend time with loved ones
Spending time with the people (and animals!) that we love can boost our positive emotions and increase our feeling of gratitude. So whether you’re playing in the park with your dog, shopping with a friend, or sitting around a dinner table with your family…be present and grateful for it all.
10. Practice meditation
I’m a huge fan of meditation and wrote all about my meditation experience here. Because meditation can help to get rid of the “noise” in our minds and allows us to focus on what truly matters, meditation is the perfect tool to increase gratitude in our lives.
Improving our lives by embracing an attitude of gratitude is easy to do! You can start cultivating gratitude in your own life today by trying one (or all!) of my 10 Easy Ways to Show Gratitude and Improve your Life.
In my personal experience, the #1 way to improve your life with gratitude is by writing in a Daily Gratitude Journal! So be sure to download your FREE copy of the exact Daily Gratitude Journal that I use every day!
How do you show gratitude in your life? Let me know!
Wishing you happiness,
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