Have you made it a goal for the upcoming year to be more grateful? It sounds easy to do, but with all the things that try to get our attention in our busy lives, we are bound to forget some of them. Here’s 6 ways to help make sure that thankfullness isn’t forgotten.
Why is Gratitude Important?
In an article from Psychology Today, studies have shown that feelings of gratitude activate different areas of your brain in positive ways. One of those regions in your brain is associated with dopamine neurotransmitters. Dopamine makes us feel great! It is the same feeling we get when hugging someone we love, listening to our favorite music, or finishing an exercise session. Our brains want to get more of it, so we tend to want to repeat the action that gave us that awesome feeling. A gratitude practice is a great way to keep your brain happy!
Remind yourself to be grateful every day.
Good Old-Fashioned Post-it Notes – Just put a post it note (or 2 or 10) somewhere that you will see it every day. It can be a reminder that says something like “Remember to be grateful today” or a fill in the blank that says, “I am grateful…” that you have to think about right away.
Have a notebook just for gratitude. You can carry a small one with you so that you can pull it out when an idea strikes you or you can have one that you keep at home when you have a lot of time to think about all the ways that your life is wonderful. Any type of notebook will do whether you want to go basic, buy something special or even make your own.
Schedule it into your daily planner. All you need is 5 minutes to sit quietly and think about what you have in your life. Some planners even have space for notes that you can use for gratitudes if you happen to think of some as you go about your day.
Get a Gratitude App. If you are looking for a digital solution, there are a few apps out there to help remind you to be grateful. There are different ones for different operating systems, but if you look around, you are sure to find one that is right for you.
Set an alarm to go off at the same time every day. Not only does this help you to get into a routine, the alarm is a loud reminder that this is something you want to remember to do.
Read an inspiring book. One of my favorite books is Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude. It has stories from people whose lives have been changed by adding thanks to their lives as well as a program on how to do it yourself.
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