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Looking to live a more joyful life? Here is one simple tool that will help you bring more happiness into your life!

 

Start a Gratitude Practice

 

We all have one thing in common. We all want to be happy. Science has made the connection between gratitude and happiness
We are usually grateful when things go our way or make us happy, but what if we actually took the time to look for things in our life to be grateful for?
Well in my experience, it has brought more joy into my life.

 

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What are the Benefits of Gratitude?

Often the beauty and joy of our life experience gets overlooked, so that we can deal with the “problems” that arise. The expression, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, comes to mind. The beauty is there, but it just gets overshadowed. So, it is our job to nourish the beauty and joy and help bring it back to the forefront of our attention, and in doing so bring more balance into our life. 
This might mean stepping away from media for many of us, and re-connecting with our family and friends in meaningful ways. This may mean getting our into nature more often and enjoying the warmth of the sun on our skin, the beauty of the blossoming flower, the stillness of a tree.

How to Create a Gratitude Practice

A gratitude practice is simply creating more opportunities to stop and be thankful for the gifts in your life

Take time to look around and find things in your current life situation that you can be grateful for. Even in the most challenging times we can find things to be grateful for. Even when things seem most bleak, we can be grateful for the very breath we are taking.

Create opportunities throughout your day to practice looking for things to be grateful for. 

Here are some ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily life:

– Create cues to remind you to pause and give thanks various times throughout the day. You may use things you do daily to become your cues such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, washing dishes, etc. Or you may like to place some notes around your home or office as reminders. Over time noticing things to be grateful for throughout your day will become second nature. 

– Meditation – taking time to turn inward and nurture your soul can be an amazing way to notice the gifts in your life.

Journal – this can be very simple. At the end of each day, jot down 3-5 things that you are grateful for today. Things that brought a smile to your face. Beautiful interactions or experiences you had.

I created a Free Gratitude & Reflections Journal for you. This 7-day printable journal contains morning and evening reflections, inspirational quotes, and beautiful images, to help bring more joy into your life. 

 

Practicing Gratitude with kids

Here are some ideas for ways to practice gratitude with your kids:

– Setting an example – When we genuinely express our gratefulness to our kids for the things they do and for the joy that they bring to our lives, they will feel loved and cherished and will want to spread the love as well. Kids tend to “do as we do” – so when we show gratitude throughout the day, they will most likely follow our lead. 

– Give thanks before eating a meal – go around the table and allow everyone to name something that you are thankful for before each meal.

– Gratitude jar – Create a simple but meaningful jar or box with your kids. Write down something that you are grateful for on a slip of paper and put it into your gratitude jar. If your children are young, you might help them write down what they are grateful for or get out the crayons and draw pictures!

For more gratitude and self care activities for kids check out The Power of Self Care for Children Ebook!

How to share the Happiness!

– Send a thank you note or text to someone you love. 
– Show yourself genuine appreciation for the amazing unique person that you are and all that you bring to the world.

– Be sure to let your loved ones know how much you love and appreciate them. 

– Say thank you to the people you interact with. Maybe the cashier at the grocery store, or the delivery person.

– Volunteer, donate or give back to your community in some way.

– Share a smile with others you encounter during your day. You never know how that might just make their day. 

How do you Practice Gratitude?

I would love to know how you practice gratitude and the effects that it has had in your life! 

XOXO

Catherine

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