5 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

by Maria Rachel
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How are you doing?

When this question is being asked, how do you respond? Oftentimes, we say, “I’m doing good,” right? This is a default answer.

But I believe to live a simple and purpose-driven life, we don’t settle in the “doing good” zone.

In a book by Zig Ziglar, he emphasizes the importance of not settling in the “good” zone. Rather, aim to respond, “I’m doing better than good.”

But how can we say it without hesitation? Are we really feeling better than good? How? The answer is gratitude.

To live a simple and purpose-driven life, let’s shift our mindset and appreciate how blessed we are. Here are the 5 simple ways to practice gratitude.

Start a gratitude journal.

Writing our thoughts helps us unload. When we write the things we are grateful for, we appreciate life more and more.

It helps our mind to focus on the positive side of life.

If you love to write on paper, that would be awesome. Have a notebook or planner dedicated to writing the things you are grateful for.

You can also check out this gratitude journal to guide you through starting one.

Include gratitude in your bedtime routine.

When we have a bad day, all we feel are disappointments. And it affects our sleep.

Before sleeping, recall the good things that has happened during the day.
Your disappointments can turn into gratitude.

And this can result to a good night sleep.

Say “thank you.”

Saying thank you to someone who has done something good for you is a simple way to feel you are blessed.

You are blessed to have the people around you that can make your life easier and more convenient.

Say thank you to a family member who grabbed a glass of water for you.

Say thank you to a friend who remembered you and asked how you are doing.

Say thank you to a stranger who opened the door for you.

By the way, thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. 

Focus on what you have.

Sometimes, we turn our minds into our weaknesses. When we want to learn and explore new things. We often think we aren’t good enough.

I knew I wanted to become a photographer since I was a kid. But I was always hesitant to become one. I always think I wasn’t good enough.

But when I started to shift my mindset to the things I already have, my confidence has leveled up and I have brought my passion to the next level.

Focusing on what we already have turns our attitude into gratitude.

Smile.

This is probably the simplest way to practice gratitude. But it can really make a difference in our daily life.

Smiling improves our mood. According to Benefits Bridge, smiling and laughter are beneficial for our mind, body and overall well-being.

Even if you’re feeling not in the mood, crack some smile and it might make a world of a difference.

Can you think of the ways gratitude can’t help us living a simple and purpose-driven life? Nothing? Good. Then practice gratitude today.

Other than these 5 simple ways to practice gratitude, there are countless ways to be grateful. Share in the comments below the ways you practice gratitude.

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