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Today, take stock of the things you are grateful for. List them in your mind, write them in a journal, and talk about them to others. And then do the same tomorrow, and the day after that, and then the day after…well, you know what I’m saying!
One of my favorite ways to teach young and old how to practice gratitude is to write something you are thankful for each night when you are eating dinner. Everyone at the table has to write down one thing they are thankful for and we put all of these thankful thoughts in a big jar. My kids complain and whine when I implement this each year. Then during our New Year’s Eve dinner, we take turn reading people’s thankful thoughts and what a blessing it is!
Every day, make practicing gratitude part of your daily routine. There are some excellent reasons why you should. Check these out explained below…
#1: It’s good for your mental health
You could dwell on the bad things in your life and could let these thoughts prey on your mind forevermore. But by doing so, you are placing yourself on those roads marked for anxiety and depression. That will do your mental health no good at all. However, if you practice gratitude, you will cultivate a positive mindset. You will start to feel better about yourself. And while there might still be things that threaten to cause you anxiety and depression, your happier mood state will strengthen your ability to deal with them.
#2: You will remember how blessed you are
Perfection is hard to achieve in life, so don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect job, the perfect body, the perfect home, the perfect coffee, the perfect whatever! There will be flaws to your life, but that’s okay. While you can deal with some of them – you can change job, opt for plastic surgery , or move house – you should also stop ruminating on the things in your life that can’t be changed and that cause you unhappiness. Instead, remember the blessings in your life. Your job might suck, but at least you have a job. Your body might be less than perfect, but there will be some features that you are happy with. And your home might not be a palace, but you’re not homeless and lucky for you there is running water and a bathroom. Score! When you stop and think about it, you are blessed in so many ways. Why dwell on the things you envy or covet? Stop doing this for the sake of your happiness and mental health! Be grateful for your blessings, no matter how big or small they might be.
#3: You will sleep better at night
How many times have you gone to bed with a head full of worries? Many of us do, and consequently, we then struggle to sleep well at night. We let our negative thoughts plague our minds. We perpetuate a vicious cycle when we then wake up the next day feeling tired, moody, and prone to more negativity. However, it is possible to turn this around, and as this article suggests, we can do this by practicing gratitude. By thinking about the things we are grateful for before our head hits the pillows, we can lull ourselves into a calmer mood state. We can also do much to benefit our physical health, as with a less stressed-out state, we will be less likely to suffer from headaches and stomachaches. As a result of both, we might then have less trouble getting to sleep at night. Think about this the next time you’re having a sleepless night, and instead of counting sheep, perhaps start counting your blessings instead!
What are you grateful for? Focus on these things, and you will be better because of it.