Here are 5 ways you can approach making gratitude a habit in your daily life.
You can use getting into and out of bed each day as prompts to remind you to be grateful. I like to call this approach sandwiching your day with gratitude. This approach is an uplifting and positive way to start the day and it means that at the beginning of each day I’ve already practiced gratitude before I’ve done anything else. It’s also a powerful way to end the day, because no matter what’s happened during the day it helps me to come back to a place of appreciation. Some people like to keep a daily gratitude journal that they add entries into before they get out of bed or before they go to sleep, which might also work for you.
See also: 7 Inspirational Gratitude Quotes That’ll uplift Your Spirit
As I mentioned earlier, my gratitude practice began with a rock. Using this rock as a gratitude token was a really simple and easy way to remember to practice gratitude. Your gratitude token can be anything you like. Over the past decade I’ve used many different tokens such as small rock, a small crystal and jewellery. It really doesn’t matter what it is — it’s really about the intention behind the object. However, I do find that it’s a lot easier if the object is small and easy to keep you on you every day.
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One of the most effective ways I’ve found to remind me to be grateful each day is to create a gratitude list and then set up actual reminders that go off automatically on my phone. You can do this by creating a list of all the things you are most grateful for, choosing a device that you use most days, choosing a time you want to be reminded to be grateful each day, and then set up an alarm with a reminder at that time and make it re-occur each day, week or month. I set these up on my phone, but you could also do this on your computer or any other device that you like.
Daily gratitude prompts and reminders are a great thing to surround yourself with to help make the practice a regular part of your life.
You can do this by:
Work out what kind of gratitude practice you want and then determine how you can set yourself up for success to make this happen. For example, if you use a particular notebook to write down what you’re grateful for you might set yourself up for success by putting it somewhere you see each day to remind you. Or you might choose a friend as your gratitude buddy and each day you hold yourself accountable to texting or emailing what you’re grateful for to that person. Or you might use dinner time to talk out what you’re grateful for with those around you.
Whatever you do, find a way to make practicing gratitude and positive thinking an easy and do-able part of your day.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, about your favourite ways to cultivate gratitude and on making it a part of your everyday life.
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Chloe is a super passionate certified life coach, writer and blogger with a background in psychology, who's mission is to inspire incredible young humans to transcend what they think is possible. She picked up her first self-development book when she was 12, started practicing gratitude and meditating when she was 13, and now she coaches people who want to create a life they love. She is also the creator of The 28 Day Gratitude Project.
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These are such good ideas, thanks for sharing Chloe
Thank you Kylie! I hope these tips can be of use to you and your gratitude practice.
Love these tips Chloe – I’ve already shared your suggestion of setting a reminder system with a friend
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