Do you know the cure to a bad day? Or how to make a good day even better? That’s right, practicing gratitude.
Since we were little, we were told to always say thanks to everyone who does something for us, but I believe that with time, ‘thank you’ becomes an empty word and we don’t really give so much meaning to it. It turns into a habit
Today we are changing that for good.
Not only saying thank you to you, the people around you or the universe, but really FEELING grateful for something completely shifts your energy. It opens you up to receive even more to be thankful for, it’s a neverending process. And the best thing?
There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
Yes, you read right. Even if you feel like you had the worst day, week or even month of your life, do I need to remind you that you’re still alive and breathing? That every day you get a new chance to improve? That’s already something awesome! And if you remember to practice gratitude, even in those moments where you think there is nothing else left to be grateful for, you will be rewarded, little by little, with better things.
What is the best way to start making a practice out of this you might think?
Easy. Get a new notebook or create a note on your phone and every day, before you go to bed, make a list of the things you are grateful for that day. I would recommend at least three, that will make you think extra hard and remember how the lady at the supermarket let you go in front of her because she noticed you were in a hurry.
This will help you notice those small gestures that usually go unnoticed and value them more in the future. People around you will feel much more appreciated and they will appreciate you more in return. It’s a win-win!
Another way of remembering to stay grateful that I have seen people practice is to have a ritual with those you live with. The moment you enter the door of your house at the end of the day, tell your parents, partner or roommates to ask you what was the highlight of your day. That way, even if you get home in a grumpy mood because of something negative that happened, your perspective will automatically shift looking for something good to tell them and you will instantly feel much better.
How do you practice gratitude daily?
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you’, that would suffice”.