How often do you spend time thinking about everything you’re grateful for? Everyday? Once a week? I make time to be grateful at least 3 times a day. 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 new job, but it’s equally important to show gratitude for the smaller things in everyday life.
So how can you practice gratitude daily to improve your mood?
Every morning I spend time reflecting on what I am grateful for, I write a list of just three 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 also like to keep a gratitude jar, I write on a post-it note something that I am grateful for that day, something that has happened that day that has made me grateful. I also ensure that I have personally thanked that person if it involves someone specifically. 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 Facebook Community.’
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. 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.
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 for the last 6 months at least and it’s had a huge impact on my mood and my life in general.
If you’re looking to feel happier and improve your mood then give these simple activities a go and see how you get on. Please share your feedback with me or in the Facebook community if you wish.