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How to Show Gratitude

Gratitude is a means of expressing thankfulness and appreciation. We can choose to express gratitude internally via our thoughts or express it outwardly to those around us. Research shows that the simple act of regularly expressing gratitude significantly improves mental, physical and relational wellbeing.

By taking the time to be grateful, even it’s for the smallest thing, you will begin to experience the world in a more positive light, and this can eventually create a ripple effect into your physical reality.

Research shows that people who regularly practice gratitude have lower blood pressure, less inflammation, experienced lower levels of pain and better sleep.

Practising gratitude also promotes increased levels of serotonin —the happiness hormone—which leads to positive relationships with those around you, and yourself, which in turn results in a decrease in thoughts of depression. From that state, it gets even easier to continue to be grateful! The result of giving gratitude is not temporary, the effects of this practice are long-lasting.

If you’re after further guidance on how to practise gratitude in your daily life then here are some of my favourite ways:

  • Ask your waitress how her day is going

  • Be a mentor or teach someone

  • Be an active listener

  • Call your friends or family

  • Change “I have to” to “I get to”

  • Do a form of movement you love and thank your incredible body

  • Do something unexpected for someone

  • Donate some of your possessions to a charity

  • Feed your body nourishing foods

  • Get to know your neighbors

  • Give a shoutout on social media to a company you love

  • Give genuine compliments to those around you

  • Host a gratitude dinner party (Thanksgiving isn’t the only day to be grateful over a good meal)

  • Hug more

  • Keep a gratitude jar filled with notes on life’s blessings

  • Keep a gratitude journal and write 3 things in it each and every day

  • Laugh more

  • Leave encouraging words for someone

  • Make a vision board of all the things you are grateful for in your life

  • Make eye contact

  • Make handmade gifts

  • Pay it forward: Buy someone a coffee

  • Place positive post-it notes and quotes around your house

  • Practice positive affirmations

  • Read a book and share it with someone

  • Say thanks before each meal

  • Share hand-picked flowers

  • Share positive reviews

  • Shop at a local farmers market and give thanks to your farmers

  • Smile

  • Stop, smell and absorb nature. Give thanks for the air in your lungs and admire the beauty around you

  • Take three deep breaths

  • Take time to do something you love each day

  • Take time to fill your cup

  • Tell your partner what you love about them every day

  • Thank people for their service

  • Think of three things you’re grateful for before you go to sleep

  • Try a guided gratitude meditation

  • Turn complaints into an opportunity for growth

  • Visit your family

  • Volunteer for a cause you believe in

  • Walk a little lighter—reduce your plastic consumption

  • Watch more sunrises and sunsets, recognize each day as a gift

  • Write a handwritten thank-you note

How do you practice gratitude? Sit with that for a moment and think about which of the above suggestions YOU can begin to incorporate into your day-to-day life. You’ll notice the difference, trust me!


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