The daily practice of gratitude has been a game-changer in my life. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has improved my overall outlook and my ability to see the opportunities where I had never thought to look for them before.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Science tells us that gratitude can improve relationships, sleep, self-esteem, psychological and even physical health! Gratitude also increases our mental strength, making us more resilient. Many experts agree that gratitude can be the cornerstone of a life well-lived.
It’s really powerful stuff!
So how do you start practicing gratitude? Let me suggest a quick exercise for you:
Sit down in a comfortable position. Allow yourself to become still, and allow your breathing to become regular. Breathe in and out a few times.
When you are ready, ask yourself: What is one thing I am grateful for in my life right now?
Take a moment to let yourself sink into the feelings of having this thing in your life.
Then ask yourself: What actions did I take yesterday that brought me closer to my ideal life? Give yourself a pat on the back for having taken those steps.
When you are ready, take another full breath in, breathing in just a little more gratitude for all you do have in your life, and when you breathe out allow yourself to relax your entire system.
I do this exercise every morning when I wake up. It doesn’t have to take a long time, but making it a daily non-negotiable will help you reap some amazing rewards.
Bonus tip: If you want to take this a little deeper, take a few more minutes and write down what came up for you in a journal.
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