How can you make gratitude a part of your daily life? This month we’ve looked at the multitude of benefits that can come from a gratitude practice. However, it can be easier said than done to introduce something new into your life. That’s why we’re rounding up some of our favourite ways of making it a daily habit for you and the family.
1. Keep A Diary
This is one of the most popular methods for practising gratitude. Some people like to use a small diary, and others treat themselves to a new notebook or journal. The idea is that you write down a few things you are grateful for that day. This can either be done first thing in the morning to start your day with a boost or last thing at night to relax your mind before sleep.
2. Bring It To The Dinner Table
Many mums and mumpreneurs are keen to teach gratitude to their children, particularly as studies have shown it also supports their wellbeing. An excellent way for you to introduce gratitude to your family is to make it a part of your dinner time conversations. When you sit down for your evening meal together, take turns going around the table and telling each other what you've been grateful for that day.
3. Completing A Task
When introducing a new habit, it can be helpful to attach it to something else you do. Throughout the day, you complete numerous tasks and yet, we often tell ourselves that we've not achieved anything. If you show gratitude after completing a job, you’ll not only reap the wellbeing benefits, but you’ll also have a sense of achievement as you’ll recognise just how much you get done in a day.
4. Social Contact
This is something we have been deprived of in the past year. But it has also shown us just how important it is to our wellbeing. However, social contact can be combined with gratitude for additional benefits. This can be done in a couple of ways. If you've not been in touch with someone for quite some time, it can feel great to reach out to them and remind yourself why you’re grateful to have them in your life.
Alternatively, you can express gratitude to someone by sharing with them why you appreciate them. This can be particularly useful with those we are closest to as we often take them for granted. It's a great way to strengthen relationships and make them feel good too.
5. Notice Your Surroundings
Something else that we can take for granted is our surroundings. When you step out of the house, you can make a conscious effort to notice what is around you. Focusing on nature can be a great place to start. Again, this is something you can do as a family if you enjoy walks together. Maybe you could even have a competition to see who can spot the most things to be grateful for!
Finally, we just want to remind you that gratitude really is a daily practice. As restrictions ease, you may feel a boost in your wellbeing. But it's the days when you feel lower that it is most important to continue because, over time, you will find that your mood and wellbeing improves overall. Why not start today by telling me below what it is you’re grateful for right now.
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