I’ve been working on a lot of self improvement lately and learning what I do every day shapes the way my life will go. This may seem like a ton of pressure but when you think about everything as smaller steps, it gets easier. My latest challenge is how to make gratitude important every day.
If you read about the importance of gratitude, you know how impactful being grateful every day is. And knowing that will make you want to do it habitually. So we need to learn how to make gratitude apart of our daily routine.
How to Make Gratitude a Daily Habit:
Choose to be mindful throughout the day.
My daily focus has been on trying to be present throughout the day. So much of my time used to be focused on what I want to do in the future, and what I wish I would’ve done in the past. But THAT was a misuse of my time (and probably yours, too!).
Since we can’t change the past, and can only control the present, then we should be living in the moment we have now. This means controlling our minds throughout the day to focus on gratitude.
Remember in the importance of gratitude when we talked about our perspective? This is a way to make gratitude a forefront throughout the day. Instead of choosing to grumble or complain, be mindful of what comes out of your mouth. Practice saying thank you first!
Keep a journal.
One way to know that we’re practicing our gratitude is to keep a journal. I have a planner without any days marked in it, so I can fill in my thankfulness daily. You can also use this free gratitude journal printable and store it in a binder.
I find that it’s easiest to schedule a set time every day to journal. If you don’t have a specific time, it’s easier to forget or to put off until tomorrow. However, when we don’t make gratitude an importance, it can really affect our day!
Be kind to people you interact with.
Focusing on positive things in life, attracts more positive things to come to you. It’s the same when you’re kind to people, more people are kind to you.
If you’re practicing daily gratitude, you will have a happier attitude and should be more patient with humans. Which in turn will make you nicer to be around. If you focus on what crosses your mouth every day and journal your gratitude, you will naturally be kinder.
This is something that will take daily practice. There may be days when you don’t feel grateful, or you feel defeated, but you should STILL find things to be thankful for. Even if it’s just the pen and paper you have to write with!
When we choose to focus on what we’re grateful for, our attitudes will actually change. So even on bad days, you can have a positive attitude. Which will start to make your bad moments less and less.