5 Easy Ways to Make Gratitude a Habit

Positive steps to help you feel more cheerful and grateful all year long.

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Posted in , Nov 20, 2018

Feeling grateful

A grateful attitude is good medicine. However, the busyness of life, financial issues and work can distract us from all that we have to be thankful for. As humans, we have a tendency to focus on troubles and not on blessings, but there are practical things we can do to help boost our gratitude.

1)  Start the Day by Making Gratitude Your Attitude
When we wake up each day, we have the choice to have a grateful mindset and spirit. Begin each day by stating what you are grateful for and be thankful in prayer. In doing so, we can positively affect how we experience the rest of the day.

2)  Say “Thanks” More Often
This one word has the power to uplift the attitude of the person you thank as well as your own. Let others know they are appreciated, and you’ll feel good, too, as a result. Say “thank you” to those who help you at work, your doctor, the supermarket staff and others.

3)  Create a Gratitude Journal
Be intentional. Journal every day about the things, people, experiences, moments, events and meals you are grateful for. Over time you can look back and see the goodness of God in your life.

4)  Be Uplifted by Others
Read stories or watch videos about people who have overcome great challenges in their lives. These stories can help us realize that even in the worst of times we have a lot to be thankful for.

5)  Spread Thanksgiving Throughout the Year
Enjoy a meal with people you are grateful to have in your life. Make it a positive practice of being with those who fill your heart with love and gratitude.

A wise person once said, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” It takes positive habits to ensure that we remain cheerful and grateful in the different seasons of our lives. If you have any tips on how to boost one’s gratitude, please share with us.

Lord, thank you for the gift of gratitude; help us to be intentional and develop practical habits to boost our gratitude.

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