“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Take a moment or two every day to be grateful for what you already have in your life.
It can help you to…
- Motivate yourself and improve your mood quickly.
- Spend more time and energy on those things that are important to you.
- Even in the worst of times, you can still find happiness.
This is a simple habit that requires little effort but offers much in return.
This week, I would like to share 5 simple tips to help you cultivate gratitude and happiness.
1. Take a moment to look around you.
The first step in building the habit of gratitude is to simply take a moment to reflect on your daily life.
- What can I thank God for today?
- Which 3 people can I be thankful for in my life?
You don’t have to come up with something or someone every day. You can be happy if you are able to find just one thing or person. Don’t get hung up on the numbers.
You can do it in a matter of minutes.
Do not do the same things over and over again. Try to be more grateful in your life by thinking of other things and people.
2. Face yourself
Don’t just look outward.
You should also take a good look at yourself. Appreciating and being grateful to yourself can improve your self-esteem.
What do you ask yourself?
What are three things about myself that I am grateful for?
This week, you may have shown yourself to be a great father/mother/friend during a crisis. You may have finally finished that task that you’ve been putting off.
Self-gratification does not only have to be about your achievements in the workplace or at school.
You can be thankful for your sense of humor, or the fact that you are a good listener and help others out.
3. Look at what you take for granted or the smallest things.
Don’t just focus on the big and obvious things you can be grateful for.
You can also find small things to be thankful for.
As the plant in front of which I am writing this.
It’s a pretty ordinary plant. Its simple beauty, the vivid green color and how it grows with just a little sunshine and water is something I am grateful for.
Another thing that I am grateful for today – that I may sometimes take for granted – was my lunch. The lunch consisted of a few boiled potatoes, some grilled meat and a little sauce. It was delicious.
And, more importantly, I don’t have to go hungry. I’m in a very fortunate position to be able eat every day.
What do you ask yourself?
- What is something small that I am grateful for today?
- What can I be thankful for that I normally take for granted?
When you open your eyes and appreciate the simple things in life, you will be able to see more beauty.
4. It doesn’t matter if you do it in the morning or at night.
But how can you ensure that the gratitude habit sticks and doesn’t just disappear after a week or two?
Two things I’ve found to be effective are:
- Find 3 things in your life that you are grateful for.
- Use a journal and spend 1-2 minutes every evening to list 3 or 5 positive things about yourself, your day or your life.
Try making one of these small time commitments each day for a full week. See how it affects your feelings, thoughts and life.
5. Show your appreciation
Don’t just keep the gratitude on the inside. Don’t keep it inside.
Make other people happier too – and help them to perhaps pay it forward later on – by expressing how you are grateful for having them in your life.
Their smile and joy when they tell you this will also make you happy.
This gratitude can be as simple as a sentence. But it can have a big impact on someone’s day, week or even life sometimes.
Tell the people you love about this.
Tell them tonight in person. You can also send an email or letter to someone who is a bit further away. Send a text message or send an email right now.