Quick Tips for Practicing GratitudeNov 22, 2023
As we learned from Brene Brown, we become more joyful when we consistently practice gratitude.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to check in with yourself on all that you’re grateful for; and it’s also a great time to check in with yourself on what a regular gratitude practice looks like for you even outside of the holiday season.
Below I share a few suggestions on how you might incorporate more gratitude into your life. Find what feels right for you, and find a way to build it into your day.
As always, let me know if you have any practices to add to the list that you’d like to share with others.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal: Write down three things you're grateful for each day. This simple act can shift focus to positive aspects of life.
- Gratitude Jar: Keep a jar where you can drop notes of things you’re thankful for. This one is an idea stolen from my sister and I love that this creates a physical representation of gratitude. You may even consider using different color post-its to represent a “theme” (family, work, friends, health, etc.).
- Gratitude Letters or Thank You Notes: Write letters to express gratitude to people who have made a difference in your life; it’s your call on whether or not you send it.
- Gratitude Reminders: Set daily reminders to pause and think of something you're grateful for.
- Share Gratitude with Others: Share what you’re grateful for with family, friends, or colleagues; consider starting a meeting with a quick round of gratitude sharing.
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