4 Ways to Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is nearly here. And while it’s tradition to count your blessings in between mouthfuls of turkey and pumpkin pie (while strategically avoiding the unsettling, fluorescent blob of Jell-O that gives salads everywhere a bad name—sorry, grandma), it shouldn’t be something you abandon doing the rest of the year.

Practicing gratitude improves our sleep, self-esteem, and relationships. Plus, people who give thanks tend to be healthier than those who don’t.

So, follow the below tips, and reap the benefits of gratitude all year long.

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

A few times each week, write down three people/things you’re thankful for. Try not to repeat each too often, and get specific on why you’re thankful. For instance, “I’m grateful my co-worker remembered my birthday and got me a cake” is more impactful than “I’m thankful for good co-workers.”

2. Compliment Others

If you see something you like about another person—whether it be their clothes, attitude, actions, etc.—let them know! Lifting someone’s spirit with your words puts a smile on their face and gratitude in your heart.

3. Hop Off the Complain Train

Once you start complaining, it’s hard to stop. Plus, grumbling about something doesn’t make it better. Instead, focus on the good in a situation or take action and turn a bummer into something beautiful. Roof leaking? Take a moment to appreciate that you can afford a home. Cold coffee? Add ice and make it an iced coffee.

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4. Visualize Your Blessings

Literally. Taking five to 10 minutes a day and envisioning things you’re thankful for rewires your brain so that, over time, you become more grateful. At first, this practice might be challenging. But after six to eight weeks, the practice will come naturally.

Giving thanks for what you have while going after what you want is a surefire way to enhance your life. So give one of these tips a try. The only thing you have to lose is a little negativity. And that’s certainly a positive.

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