You may believe when you find happiness you will have a lot to be grateful for. In that belief gratitude is a byproduct of happiness, but it is not happiness that brings you gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings you happiness.
The secret to living a life overflowing with gratitude is to look for blessings. There is always something to be grateful for. You could feel gratitude that you woke up this morning and you have been given another day of life. You could feel gratitude that the sun came up and that it endlessly shines every day. You could feel gratitude that you are reading this article right now knowing that there are many women in this world that are not blessed with the privilege of learning to read. You could be grateful to your body for being the divine temple for your being. Your list will go on and on when you begin looking for things to be grateful for.
Gratitude is a choice and a lifestyle. You can choose to go through your life and not feel gratitude for the blessings around you or you can choose to seek out things to be grateful for.
Here are a few ideas on how to make gratitude a lifestyle.
- Before you get out of bed in the morning and before you go to sleep at night make it a practice to say 3 things you are grateful for.
- Keep a gratitude journal and make it a point to add things you are grateful for to your journal every day.
- Create a gratitude jar. Begin and end each day by writing what you are grateful for on a slip of paper and dropping it into your jar.
The gratitude jar is my recommendation. It’s my favorite. It will feel good when you put something in the jar and if you’re having a moment that you want to create a feeling of gratitude, you can pull a slip of paper out of your jar and connect back to that feeling gratitude. This is a great experience to share with others around you. Encourage your friends, coworkers, spouses and kids to add their own gratitude slips to the jar. If you really want to spread gratitude with those around you, pull out gratitude slips and read them together. You will be amazed at the sacred space gratitude creates.
If you implement a practice of gratitude you will feel a shift in you and others around you. Gratitude is contagious! When you feel it, others feel it too! Take the time to create a practice that makes gratitude a lifestyle. It is one of the best investments you can make!
What are you grateful for? Take the first step in your gratitude practice by sharing what you are grateful for in the comments section. What gratitude practice are you implementing in your life? Share it with our sisterhood in the comments section. We all learn and grow together when we share!