Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. –Marianne Williamson
It’s easy to fall into a mindset that prioritizes the future. I can’t wait for Friday. If I can only make it to my vacation. While there is nothing inherently wrong with looking towards the future with anticipation, it’s important to celebrate the small events and victories that we accomplish everyday.
The easiest way to do this is to practice the art of gratefulness. Feeling thankful for the small moments in your life can help you find joy and meaning. Strive to make this act a daily habit. It won’t take long before you notice the many positive differences in your life and in the lives of your family and friends.
What are a few ways you can practice gratitude? The following ideas are wonderful ways to brighten your mood. And the best part about practicing gratitude? The action is absolutely free.
- Celebrate Traditions and Anniversaries
Get into the habit of celebrating traditions. This can be a great way to show your loved ones how much you care. Anniversaries are a wonderful time to reflect on your relationship. How have you grown? What memories stand out as most significant. Take the time to share these happy events. You’ll feel recharged and motivated to seek out more great memories together.
- Find Ways to be Awe-struck
One of the easiest ways to develop a healthy perspective in life is to adopt the practice of feeling overwhelmed by the natural world. What do I mean by that? Nature has a way of making us feel insignificant, in a good way. It reminds us of our purpose and our place in the natural order of the world. By hiking to the top of a mountain or catching the first full moon of summer, you’ll suspend your worldly preoccupations and delve into a reflective experience.
- Write a letter
Taking the time to write a personal letter can be a great way to practice flexing your gratitude muscle. Maybe you’ll write to a friend, a family member, or a former co-worker or boss. Ask them how they’re doing and tell them that you’re thinking of them. The note does not need to be long, nor does it have to discuss important information. Just the act of recieving a letter will brighten their day.
- Make Your Toasts Count
The next time you’ve gathered a big group of friends or relatives, take a moment to raise your glass and share your love and thankfulness for the people in the room. It’s not everyday we get to surround ourselves with our favorite individuals. What’s even more rare is the opportunity to tell them how deeply we feel. This is the time to pull a few heartstrings. You’ll be powering the evening with positive fuel.
By practicing gratitude through these four simple acts, you’ll be on your way to living a happier and more meaningful life in no time. What are a few ways that you practice feeling grateful? Send them my way!