Here are 6 Simple Exercises to Start Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude Today
Sometimes we are prompted to appreciate what we have during times of crisis. We tend to overlook the small things in life if we are not reminded from time to time. This can result in the failure to appreciate the blessings in your life. Practicing a regular attitude of gratitude can help you feel grounded and creates opportunities to share your love with others. Here are 6 simple gratitude exercises that can make you feel happier.
Exercise #1 – Identify Three Things You Appreciate
Take a moment to identify three things in your life that you appreciate and feel grateful for. What you are grateful for can be big or small, but it is important to be specific in your gratitude.
Exercise #2 – Identify Three Things You Take for Granted
It is easy to take things in our lives for granted if we are not intentional with our gratitude. Take some time to reflect on three things that you take for granted and discover which of these things you value the most. It can be anything. For example, you may take for granted waking up this morning or having food in your refrigerator.
Exercise #3 – Identify Three Things You Appreciate About Yourself
It is easy to compare ourselves to others. It can be a challenging task to find three things that you appreciate about yourself. Spend some thinking about this. It could involve your personality, your daily actions, your qualities, or anything else that is directly related to yourself.
Exercise #4 – Identify Three Things You Feel Grateful for in The Present Moment
To cultivate an attitude of gratitude, it is essential to be in the here-and-now. Take some time to think about what you can appreciate about your current situation. Whether it is your health, family, or anything that relates to the present moment.
Exercise #5 – Identify Three People Who are Significant in Your Life
Think about all the people you’ve had in your life. These can be coaches, teachers, mentors, family members, or friends. Remember those people by taking the time to think about how they made a difference in your life.
Exercise #6 – Create Thank You Notes
Now, create thank you notes for three people in Exercise #5. I encourage you to send the thank you notes, but you don't have to send them. Just the act of writing down your gratitude can be beneficial.
Practicing these six exercises regularly will help you to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and lead you to a healthier and happier life.