The modern world leads us to live our lives in the fast lane, we’re already onto the next thing before the last is finished and we deprive ourself of true relaxation and appreciation. Practicing and expressing gratitude is a great way to encourage positivity into your lives.
But first, you need to slow down, take a deep breath and start to notice things around you. Allow yourself to be mindful.
Is the weather nice today?
Is that a nice coffee you’re drinking?
Are you enjoying the extra time you have to chill?
Take a deep breath, how beautiful is that fresh air?
“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.”
― Roy T Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Taking time to appreciate the little things leads to a more positive, happy approach to life itself. But, how do we practice gratitude? Yep, I’m going to say it again, get out that journal. Many people actually keep a ‘Gratitude Journal’ and the general idea is to write down the things that you feel grateful for.
A good way of doing this, is spending 5 minutes before you go to sleep writing down the things you enjoyed and were grateful for in your day – try to aim for at least 5 things, and they can be however small or big you wish them to be.
I actually write about what I’m grateful for at the end of each day, with my Happiness Planner. I’m finding that each day I think more and more about what I appreciate within my life. It’s also allowing me to slow down and learn more about myself along the way.
If you want to increase your overall positivity, start practicing and expressing gratitude – I promise you, it could change your world!
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
― Zig Ziglar