Hello my lovelies! I am so happy to see you here. How to practice gratitude post was on my mind for very long time. And it all came together (ideas and inspiration) last week when I was interviewed by Nicole Termin about my morning routine as cabin crew (you can listen to it HERE, under Episode 1).
Huge part of my morning routine is setting my mind right, and what helps me to achieve that is writing down the things I am grateful for. To remind myself that life is not just all doom and gloom (if you live in UK you know what I mean / ekhm, ekhm, rain/.
I would say, that this small ritual that I am having saved couple of my days. Staying at home for so long during isolation, if you are not used to it, might be a challenging circumstance. Finding things to complain about it’s EASY. That’s why everybody is doing it.
You know what is NOT AS EASY? Doing exactly opposite. Finding good things about your life. It is not as popular option, because it requires your focus. Time. Appreciation. And trust me, majority of people know that it is GOOD for them – but do nothing about it, as they have to invest their ENERGY into it.
Today I am going to break down how to practice gratitude for you, so in the end of reading this post you can walk away with knowledge, inspiration and some prompts on how to practice gratitude on your own terms
What is gratitude?
Let’s start from the basics. Easiest way to describe Gratitude is to imagine it as a state of appreciation.
Remember when you got that awesome gift for your birthday when you were child? I bet you loved it! You felt so happy, hugged and kissed member of family who presented it to you. Maybe you did a little dance or run around the room holding your new toy? That my dearest – is pure happiness and appreciating what we got. Saying thank you to person who gifted us (parent, sibling, grandma) and then actually enjoying and showing the world we love that gift so much. I am sure your body showed it (little dance. Jumping, running) and energy around you too. Your happy laugh, or excitement definitely was passed around the room to adults who were happy you were happy.
Gratitude is being thankful for all we have. It doesn’t necessarily have to be material gift. It can be strangers smile which made your day, puppy who came to you for cuddles, winning a school learning competition etc. Are you following me?
Gratitude is a feeling. Emotion. However, it is not always an automatic response. We make a conscious choice to be grateful. To appreciate. Some people say it’s always easier to appreciate something when it’s gone. But what if we would start appreciating things that we have? According to Law of attraction (CLICK), being grateful helps you attract similar vibes, so attract more things that you will be grateful for! Isn’t that great?
benefits of gratitude
As briefly mentioned in previous paragraph positive emotions attract more positive emotions. Focusing on gratitude therefore is investing in your own happy future
Improving many aspects of our lives such as:
*health – it can decrease level of stress and risk of diseases. People who practice gratitude are also more likely to appreciate their health more and therefore exercise and eat more properly
*relationships – people like people who are happy more. Imagine would you rather meet for a coffee a friend who always complains, or the one that always finds good in everything that is happening? Grateful people are defined as more trustworthy and positive than average
*career – if you are happy wherever you are, trust me – right people will notice. Either customers or your employee will pick up on the fact that you are truly happy, grateful and radiate positive energy. That make your promotion happen faster than you hoped for!
*personality – your self-esteem will rise if you feel like you are and have the best you can be. Thanks to that thinking we can become more optimistic and content. Directing our energy and focus outside of ourselves is another very good sign of gratitude (getting rid of being narcissistic and focusing on what matters)
how famous people practice gratitude
Oprah – she is keeping a Grateful Journal. Every night before going to bed she lists 5 things that she is gratefull for that happened on the day or are about to come in the next days.
Focus on what you have and you will gain more
Tony Robbins – in the morning he is doing “Priming”: having cold shower and then taking 10 minutes to write down 3 things that he is grateful for. He picks one and focuses on it. Then he is doing 3 minutes of Strengthening and Healing. He is conditioning himself that the things will happen (they don’t JUST happen in life according to Robbins)
Will Smith – always positive, believes that gratitude is a skill that you need to work on, in order to develop yourself. You have to dedicate time each day to improve your thinking.
Richard Branson – believes that key to happiness is writing down your blessing in his gratitude journal. Moreover, Branson is known for writing thousands of thank you notes to his employees.
Dwayne Johnson – one of the highest paid actors states that he got where he is now by not only hard work but also gratitude. By being grateful every day he is showing Universe that he is not taking things and success in his life for granted
my ways of practicing gratitude
It’s not a secret that I love writing things down. I have gazillions of journals and notebooks. So, I decided to put some of the to good use. I picked one of the prettiest that I have own and called it Gratitude and Affirmations Journal.
On a regular basis I am trying to write at least 8 things that I am grateful for that day. And that happens straight after getting up in the morning, before eating breakfast or reaching for my phone to look at social media.
Some days are easy – inspiration and gratitude come naturally. But sometimes I have to give myself a break, to not treat it as a daily chore and put it off.
When I did it 2 weeks in a raw, I was grateful “in themes”. For example one day I was writing things about my body that I am grateful for. The next day I was writing about all the awesome things about the house I am living in etc etc.
The purpose of this morning gratitude exercise is to focus on what you are writing. FEEL IT in the moment. Trust and be
best gratitude journals
5 Minute Gratitude Journal
I bought this journal in 2018, as many of my friends recommended it to me. I was onto (still am!) personal growth and gratitude. Every single page has inspirational quotes, place for you to write what you are grateful for, daily affirmations (“I am..”) It’s like setting intentions for the day. Second half of the page is designed to be filled just before going to sleep. It is about what you did today but you can improve on, and your favourite things about today. Overall, loved it very much, however you have to be really consistent to keep writing 2x per day for the whole year. Still design and creative pages 10/10!
365 Days of Gratitude Journal
I have a weakness to pretty notebooks and journals and this one is just IT. Love the colour and that every day has a separate page for you to write things you are grateful for.
As in previous journal you also have a space for daily feedback for yourself and to write positive things that happened that day.
Gratitude and Affirmations Journals by JW
Yes! By…ME! I had quite a lot of time during isolation to design something that I am going to use every day and might be useful for you too!
In the beginning of the journal you will find 30 Gratitude Journal Prompts (just in case if you would need inspiration). There are pages designed just for Gratitude Scripting and there are pages just for Affirmations scripting.
It helps me keeping my thinking in check every morning when I am writing firstly Gratitude and then Affirmations. And you know what. I love. Absolutely love coming back and reading notes from couple years back. It’s magical to see how far I’ve come, and you probably too! Things that you were grateful for back then evolved into big dreams that you made come true by now as well. Ain’t that beautiful to see your own progress?
I have couple of Front Cover Designs, but all inserts are the same (100 Pages, 6”x9”)
Let me show you!
You can also see how inside looks like when you will click on the name of journal that you like thank you Amazon for this feature!) so you know what you are getting 🙂
If you were looking either for an answer on how to practice gratitude or for gratitude journal I hope you found it!
Gratitude is a beautiful state. Whenever I feel grateful I feel that warmth that is radiating from my heart and tears of joy coming out of my eyes (I am very sensitive and emotional being, can’t help it!).
I will leave you with video which might have inspired this whole post all together by Nick Vujcic. IF you are soft hearted just like me, prepare some tissues. And don’t say I didn’t warn you!
All the best to you,
Till the next time
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