The power of intentional gratitude leads to a life full of appreciation for the small things instead of waiting for circumstances to determine your joy.
Gratitude is a skill—a skill that can be practiced and mastered. There are a few ways that you can quickly and powerfully increase your gratitude.
1. When you wake up say “thank you that I get to wake up and start a new day. I’m so thankful I get another day.” This sets up your day with an appreciation for the gift of life.
2. Start a daily gratitude journal. Write down five things every morning that you’re thankful for by writing “I’m grateful for___.” Write five new things every day. In the beginning it can be hard to come up with new things to be grateful for, but the more you do it, the more you’ll be in touch with what amazing things are all around you.
3. Sit down and take a deep breath in through the nose and exhale through the nose. Look down at your feet and think about all the amazing ways they help you get from place to place and how they provide stability. Thank them. Move up to your legs and thank them for the ways they support your body, that the muscles stretch and your knees bend. Thank your hips that they help you to bend and be flexible. Thank your torso and back for being strong and carrying your spine and your heart, lungs, stomach, all the amazing organs. Thank your arms for all they can carry. Thank your beautiful hands for what they hold on to and let go of. Thank your neck for supporting your amazing head. Thank your face for being the way you can express emotions. Thank your hair for being a way to express your personality. Thank your mouth for communicating love. Thank your eyes for seeing beauty. Thank your ears for hearing kindness. Thank your brain for working so hard and providing you with all of your beautiful ideas.
4. Say thank you whenever you can, and mean it. Thank your friend for being there for you. Write a letter to your partner for the way they love and support you. Thank your waitress by leaving a little extra on the tip. Thank your cashier by offering them one of the cookies you just bought. Make it fun for yourself to thank the people in your life that give and serve you as well as the people that are harder for you to want to thank—sometimes thanking those people makes the biggest change in both your and their lives.
Practice this list to increase your gratitude and watch your life expand into abundance.