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How to Be More Grateful
When you wake up in the morning and see a glowing sun shining through your window, do you feel gratitude or do you focus on the multitude of things you need to accomplish before the sun slips behind the horizon? It’s easy to forget all we have to be thankful for when life becomes hectic and chaotic. There’s no doubt that life has become more complicated. Sometimes we need to stop and reassess our lives and the simple things we have to be grateful for. Here are some ways to add more gratitude to your life:
How to be more grateful: Volunteer
Volunteer your services at a local homeless shelter, shelter for battered women, or animal shelter. Working with those that are less fortunate or down on their luck can help to put your own life in perspective. Somehow those petty annoyances that drive you up the wall seem more trivial in the larger scheme of things. Plus, by volunteering, you’ll experience the enormous power of giving.
How to be more grateful: Keep a journal
Set aside fifteen minutes each day to write about people and circumstances for which you’re grateful. Did someone do a favor for you that day? Did the sun shine brilliantly all day despite predictions of rain? Write these down in your journal. This practice will teach you to be more aware of what’s good about your life.
How to be more grateful: Pray or meditate
There’s something cathartic about the simple act of engaging in prayer or meditation. Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed and spend five minutes with your eyes closed. Give thanks for who you are and what you have. Do this simple act first thing in the morning since these few minutes can help to set a positive tone for the day.
How to be more grateful: Do without something for a day
Nothing makes you appreciate what you have more than not having it. Choose an item you use on a daily basis and give it up for day. If you spend hours on the computer playing games and reading message boards, shut down your computer for twenty four hours. Not only will you appreciate it more when you finally reboot, you’ll have had a chance to engage in other meaningful activities.
How to be more grateful: Spend time with a child
Children are spontaneous and uninhibited in their approach to life. Spend thirty minutes following a child around as he or she explores the world. Notice how she smiles at simple things. Discover what makes her laugh. A child can help you remember the importance of being grateful for the simple things in life.
Make gratitude a daily part of your life and you’ll find yourself rejoicing at even the small things you experience on a daily basis. Make gratitude a daily habit!