How often do you spend time thinking about everything you’re grateful for? Everyday? Once a week? There are many ways to practice gratitude daily that will be sure to improve your mood when you need it most. Studies have shown that simply being grateful has a positive impact on your mood, helps managing stress and so many other positive benefits.
This can be as simple as scheduling time just to reflect and think about everything you’re grateful for in life. The basic things like your family, house, food, safety. As well as the nice things that others do for you like a compliment, cooking a meal, organising a surprise or anything else.
The simple act of saying thank you to this person will have a huge impact on their mood and the rest day as well as yours. So many people only show gratitude when receiving gifts or big events like a promotion or a new job. However, it’s equally important to show gratitude for the smaller things in everyday life. When someone opens the door, makes you a cup of tea or phones you for a chat make sure you make the effort to thank them. You will both receive mood lifting benefits from this simple act.
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Every evening I spend time reflecting on what I am grateful for. I write a list of 10 things and make them as specific as possible. I find that this has a bigger effect on my mindset than general things like my house, my family etc. So I make it specific, for example ‘today I am grateful for my mum’s support’ ‘today I am grateful for my friend inviting me out for dinner.’
I ensure that I have personally thanked that person if it involves someone specifically. When reflecting on everything I am grateful for that day I take this time to be grateful for broader situations like ‘I am grateful for an interactive community’ ‘I am grateful for positive feedback on my services.’
Throughout the day I make the effort to thank everyone that does anything for me. Even simple things that most people would have just expected. For example, opening the door. I always get a smile back and the person feels just as good as I do. You’ll find that people start going out of their way to thank you too and you will start to feel more appreciated. There is no better feeling than being thanked so if you are making the effort to say thank you and receiving gratitude back everyone wins.
Not only do these simple acts improve your mood that day. Whenever you are feeling low you can look back at your gratitude journal, notebook, jar or whatever you choose to do and it will instantly improve your mood. I have been doing this daily and it’s had a huge impact on my mood and my life in general. It is hard to be down about something going on in your life when you have so much to be grateful for.
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If you’re looking to feel happier and improve your mood then give these simple activities a go and see how you get on. What ways to practice gratitude will you try? Let us know in the comments below.
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