4 Gratitude Practices That Will Change Your Life

When times are good, it’s pretty easy to celebrate your blessings. But on those challenging, dragging days, sometimes you just need a little push in the right direction.

In a difficult moment it can be really hard to see the positive forces at work in your life. And yet, this is one of the best opportunities to choose to be grateful! See, gratitude helps us to see our situation in a new light. It encourages positivity, opens up our minds to new ways of thinking and even makes us happier people.

Unfortunately, we aren’t naturally hardwired for gratitude – for “affirmation of goodness” outside ourselves. It’s something that you have to practice!

4 Gratitude Practices That Will Change Your Life

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1. Keep a gratitude journal.

Writing frequently in a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to begin your practice. Set aside a certain number of things to write down throughout the day. Don’t worry about being regimented, but look for the goodness in every situation, savoring every moment you have to reflect.

Consider: Who or what inspired me today? What brought me joy today? What brought me comfort and deep peace today?

2. Try the meditation technique, Naikan.

It is so important to stay in touch with your soul, throughout the ups and downs. One way to facilitate this is through Naikan meditation. Start by reflecting on these three questions:

  • What have I received from _?
  • What have I given to _?
  • What troubles and difficulty have I caused?

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3. Learn traditional prayers of gratitude.

In most spiritual traditions, prayers of gratitude are considered to be particularly potent and powerful forms of prayer. Why is this? Gratitude encourages people to identify and reflect upon the very source of who they are and where their blessings come from.

4. Fill your life with visual reminders.

Two of the most common barriers to grateful living are forgetfulness and a lack of mindful awareness. Give yourself every opportunity to get it right by decorating your home with visual reminders: say, a note on the mirror or an artful quote on the wall.

Here are some ideas:

  • “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
  • “When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.”

361 comments

Jim V
Jim V5 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S5 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Christine J
Christine J5 months ago

Timely reminder of the importance of gratitude. There's a reason the Bible tells us to count our blessings and not covet what others have. When we are envious and unsatisfied, we feel awful. When we concentrate on how lucky we are, we feel much better. I make a habit of always trying to look at the silver lining.

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Deborah W
Deborah W6 months ago

LAST TIME WATER, THIS TIME FIRE ... check the history of results both good and bad, then use your 3 days wisely.

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Ty W
Ty W7 months ago

Loving Kindness Meditation is also another great form of meditation that helps people feel loved and increase their acceptance/love for everyone around them!

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Patrice Z
Patrice Z7 months ago

May we all include more gratitude in our lives.

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Ingrid H
Ingrid H7 months ago

Thank you

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Jaime J
Jaime J7 months ago

Thank you

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joan silaco
joan silaco7 months ago

TFS

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Carl R
Carl R8 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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