I began my 30 day gratitude challenge on Instagram Sunday. Yes, that was November 2nd…so for me, it will be a 29 day challenge. That’s how I roll…late to the table perhaps, but then I’m all in.
Gratitude…is a key component to feeling happy. Even when life is going well, I can always use reminders of ways to feel more grateful. Life throws plenty of curve balls, so concrete tools are helpful for me.
Help Other People
Donate your old clothes to charity, your old books to nursing homes, your time to a good cause. One of the quickest ways to feel more grateful is to help others improve their lives. Volunteer to read and record books for the blind. Human kindness is the surest path to feeling grateful. Smile at strangers!
Start a Gratitude Journal
Write down 5 things each morning that you are grateful for and reflect on them throughout your day. Try to come up with different things each day. Be grateful you are alive.
People tend to overlook the positives in their lives and take them for granted. Be thankful for the blessings you have right now and the experiences that have gotten you, to today. Tell your loved ones how much you love them and remind them frequently. Make someone’s day happier by thanking them for simply kindness or their hard work. Be kind with your words.
Focus on Your Accomplishments
It’s so easy to focus on what you haven’t done, the call you didn’t make, the job you didn’t get. Don’t replay the unfriendly comment you made or the things you wish you’d done. That’s behind you and can’t be erased, so let them go. By focusing on what you’re proud of and grateful you accomplished, you draw more positive energy to you. Accentuate the positive.
Release Old Grudges
Acknowledge and come to terms with your past, but move forward. Holding onto frustrations and angers… robs you of current joy. By harboring grudges or resentment you’re allowing that person to have power over your happiness. Move on!
What do you do to remain grateful?