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Practicing Gratitude These Days

The month of Thanksgiving – tis the season of gratitude! However, gratitude has been front of mind for many of us going through these past months in the climate of Covid. Making an effort to include practicing gratitude everyday helps boost well-being and that is more relevant today than ever. Here are some interesting ideas to help keep “being grateful” part of a healthy daily routine:

1. Mantra Prompts
Saying who or what you’re grateful for out loud sends positive thoughts out to the world. Using prompts like “I’m thankful for two things I see _____” or “I’m thankful for these two people ____” helps guide the mind to think about more and more to be grateful about.

2. Journaling
You may have heard of keeping a “gratitude journal.” It doesn’t take a lot of time to jot down a few things you are grateful for every day.

3. The Box
Take some paper and write a little note to someone in your life about how you appreciate them and put it in the box. This way you can have them to re-read when you need a gratitude boost.

4. Collage
Take pictures of things you are grateful and make a collage. Keep the collage in sight somewhere you spend time during your morning routine to give you a daily visual reminder of what you are grateful for.

5. Filling The Jar
A little alternate take on the box and journaling, you can write down something you are grateful for when it strikes you on a small piece of paper. Fold up the piece of paper and put it in the jar. Eventually the jar will be full and you will see you have many things to be grateful for.

All of these small exercises have a huge impact and can fill your life with positivity and even a bit of mindfulness as you go about your busy life. Being grateful every day is important!

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