What are you grateful for this year? Are you grateful for your family? Are you grateful for your favorite Television show on Netflix that helps you relax after work? Whatever it may be, I truly believe in the power of giving thanks, especially when you don’t expect anything in return. Giving thanks does not only remind you of what you have but it can also give you a happy boost to move you toward your desired goal comfortably and with peace.
So how should you show your gratitude? In this post, I will provide you with specific ways and activities you can do that I know will surely bring gratitude and thankfulness to your heart.
But first let’s learn the importance of gratitude and it’s importance in your life.
Why is gratitude such an important and powerful practice in your life?
Gratitude is such a powerful entity to every aspect of your life. It promotes positivity, thankfulness, and just good emotions/vibes in all aspect of your life. It helps you survey your surroundings to see the good things you have in your life. It also promotes positive emotions to which also leads to release stress, negativity, and a bad attitude.
According to positive psychology, gratitude is more than just a feeling or emotion. It’s a deeper appreciation of someone or something that increases longer positivity. It almost as if you value them deeply and find them meaningful in your life.
When you develop gratitude, it changes your attitude, your view on others and yourself, and just your emotions. Even something bad happens in your life, you don’t stop there. You allow your mind to move on to an attitude of thankfulness, a deeper appreciation of yourself, life, and the things around you. So how should promote an attitude of gratitude? Let’s check it out.
This post is all about the importance of gratitude in your life
So what are some things you can do to express gratitude? Here are some ways:
1. Communicate with a friend(s)
Have you had a friend that helped you out when you were down in the dumps? We all have that one friend that sits down and listen to our problems or that best friend that stands up for you when someone mistreated you.
If you ever had a friend that brought a complete smile to your face or made you laugh, tell them how much you appreciate them. If you’re not the talking type, text them or email letting them know how much you appreciate them in your life. That will surely bring a smile on their face.
Though texting or calling can be an easier way to tell someone how much you deeply appreciate them. How about giving them a card? Cards can last a bit longer than a simple text and phone call.
2. Listen to positive music
Music has the tendency to make us feel a certain way. Whether it is sadness or happiness, music is a gift that we should use all the time. Music is one of the five ways that help me remain positive when things do not go my way.
To show gratitude, how about playing your favorite song? You’re showing gratitude because you appreciate the song and how it makes you feel, which should be happy. So listen to your favorite jam and dance away.
This is one of the simplest ways to show gratitude because it also helps the other person feel good too. If you ever find yourself at the store and you’re opening the door to leave or come in, and let’s say there is someone following behind you, open the door for them.
Put a smile on someone’s face by just being helpful. Even complimenting a person about their style, their hair, or whatever it may be, that helps them feel good about themselves. We all need that sometimes.
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy
4. Cooking for a friend or family member
Are you a cook or a baker? Do you love having family and friends over for good and fun? Nothing is better than having good food to eat surrounded by close friends and family. Whether you love baking or cooking a dish, your friend or family member will truly appreciate you. You can even have that person cook with you, increasing a a deeper appreciation not just you but also for the other party.
This activity will bring positivity, good vibes, and good delicious food. You’ll both be happy campers.
5. Play games with family and friends
Games are always fun unless you’re the competitive type (I am at times). Spending time with loved ones by playing certain games shows gratitude because you appreciate the time you have with your loved ones.
I love playing games with friends and family because it then brings laughter, smiles, and enjoyment as we try to beat each and win. Overall, we just end up talking and laughing.
It’s a deeper appreciation of someone or something that increases longer positivity.Positive Psychology
Volunteering is by far my favorite way to show gratitude and serve others. Servitude is by far one of the humblest ways to bring your ego down a bit.
With volunteering, you may get to see things you’ve never seen before, which may in turn, express gratitude for what you have. On the other hand, volunteering can also help bring a smile on someone’s face.
7. Send cards to a loved one just for the sake of it
Sometimes, a personalized letter is more expressive than a text or an email. You can customize your card however you want it to be, and write as long as you want to be.
I know that in this day and age, sending a card to someone seems “old-fashioned” but it always does the trick. So the next time you want to send a card to send someone you care about, just send it, and I guarantee they’ll appreciate it.
I have given you several ways to should practice gratitude in addition to what you’re already doing. These practices could be added to your lifestyle (ex: volunteering).
Gratitude should not just be for the holidays since it’s November. However, this action should be practiced every day. This list isn’t a must or anything. If you have certain things that you do on your terms that you’re grateful for, then, by all means, continue to do it. These simple ideas are just to help you express gratitude in ways you’ve never expressed before. So remember to always be grateful for the little things life. They are what keep you smiling in this journey called life.
What is the one thing you’re grateful for this year? Did you like this post? Comment below!
Until Next Time,