It’s the time of year where we reflect on what we are grateful for, and focus on cultivating the things that bring joy into our life. Oftentimes it is a time when we are under a lot of pressure. Using a daily gratitude practice can really help connect back to ourselves, and relax.
Have you considered the daily practices you do already? When you talk about your day to a friend or partner, you have the opportunity to not only acknowledge challenges, but acknowledge the positives and accomplishments that happen in your day. When you are thankful for your food, or evening meal, you can take some time to be grateful to the earth for nourishing and growing the food, the farmers who have worked hard to take care of the land, to those who picked your fruit, those who drove the truck to your local market or supermarket/grocery store….and continue from there. These are the kind of daily gratitude practices that you can expand on.
Not everyone has these habits though, so what do we do then? Last year I set up a 12 days of gratitude challenge on facebook. We loved it so much, and it changed people’s lives, so I want to share some of those questions/exercises with you to reflect on your amazing life. The beauty of these gratitude triggers, is that you can take as much time as suits your lifestyle. It can take 2 mins, or it can take 30 mins if you want to expand on each response. I suggest printing these questions out, or taking a screen shot, and putting a reminder alarm in your phone to reflect on these simple gratitude cultivators each day.
What are you grateful for about yourself?
Who are you grateful to have in your life?
When did you feel happy today?
Name three (3) experiences that bring joy to your life
Name something that you accomplished today
They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, and 40 days to solidify it. So, give this a go for 21 or 40 days, and note how happy, and how grateful you feel at the beginning, and at the end of the practice.
If you want something more tangible, with practical tips on how to add gratitude to your existing daily life, and ongoing support join me for our 40 days of gratitude course.
I’d love to hear about your gratitude practice!