The definition of gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
However, gratitude is easier said than done sometimes.
But, with what’s going on in the world we must try to be thankful…ALWAYS.
According to Psychology Today, there are 7 benefits of showing gratitude. They are:
- improved psychological health
- improved mental strength
- better relationships
- improved physical health
- better self-esteem
- reducing aggression
- better sleep
Here’s an easy 6 day challenge to incorporate more gratitude in your life:
Day 1: List EVERYTHING that you are grateful for
Grab a journal or a plain piece of paper and list ten things you are grateful for. They can be small or big. Write down anything that leaves you with a feeling of gratitude. For instance, you may feel grateful that you have great friends who support you in everything you do and family that loves you even when you’re not your best self.
Day 2: Exercise
Exercise is not just for weight management. It can keep you physically fit. Start a fun workout routine or go for a morning walk and notice how refreshed and positive you feel after the exercise.
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Day 3: Meditate
There are many benefits of meditation, including:
- Increasing connection with others
- Decreasing anxiety, stress and depression, improving mental wellness
- Increasing attentiveness & aids in memory
- Boosting the immune system
Meditation gives you some time alone with yourself and helps to bring some peace to your inner self. Try to practice a meditation routine that will help you have a positive outlook on life.
Day 4: Become a minimalist for the day
Another important step in this challenge is to declutter your living space. Set aside time to clear out your house and place everything in an orderly manner so that whenever you are looking for something you find it quickly and avoid all the negativity. If you want to make it simpler just pick one room in the house, even it’s your closet. Start with something. You will be so happy you did this afterward.
Day 5: Create your own vision board
A vision board is a collection of images that represent the goals that keep you motivated. This is a great way to encourage feelings of gratitude about the things you have achieved and are going to achieve in life.
Don’t know how to create a vision board? Follow these 7 steps here.
Day 6: No complaining day
Try not to complain about anything at all. I know. I know. I already know what you’re thinking. But, hear me out. No matter what issue you come across today, try to resolve it without complaining. If you feel yourself starting to complain, perhaps try removing yourself from the situation and find something positive that will help take your mind off of what is happening.
What other ways have you learned to show gratitude?