Being thankful has long been lauded as an important tool to find contentment and happiness. The self care books are full of gratitude tips. It has popped up as a main theme in Self Care for Life, 50 Ways to Yay, Gratitude, Change Your Life One Day at a Time and The Flourish Handbook.
Today I'm going to look at two of these books and find ways that I can foster more gratitude in my own life.
50 Ways to Yay! by Alexi Panos promises to be a transformative tool that brings happiness to your life. With 50 practical tips, advice, missions and reflections, the book has a lot to offer. One of these tips is choosing to be grateful. Panos talks about a state of true gratitude and training your brain to find more of it. "Happiness is created by a moment-to-moment choice to be grateful."
Gratitude by Dani DiPirro is full of tips on how to show gratitude at home, work and even after a tough day. Mixing inspirational quotes with illustrations, it's the perfect go-to guide for finding happiness. The book suggests that the benefits of gratitude are enormous; and can even promote a healthy body. The Top 10 tips at the back of the book are my favourite, and I have summarised some of my favourites below.
Taking the tips from these two books I have compiled this list of how we can foster more gratitude -
- Keep a Gratitude Journal - write down three things you are grateful for everyday.
- Write a Gratitude List - record everything whether it's huge or a little thing, and remember that you have so much from your health to your education to your determination to be thankful for.
The big things - my parents put me through university.
The small things - fresh coffee brewing when I get into work.
- Turn off your mobile phone and be at peace, or what I choose to do is, turn off all notifications from apps.
- When you have a bad day, list the good things that also happened e.g. made it to the bus stop on time and it didn't rain.
- Do something nice for someone else. Show them that you are grateful for them.
- Express your gratitude to others. Say thank you when someone holds the door open for you or gives you a compliment.
- Welcome change. It's not an immediate disaster. Appreciate a change in direction.
We all have something to be grateful for. Sometimes, we just have to stop to appreciate what we have.