06 May How to Practice Gratitude on the Daily | Scoop Sorority
It’s free, simple, and takes very little time from your daily schedule. So, here are some simple tips on how to knit gratitude into the fabric of your day-to-day life:
Check In with Loved Ones
In this fast-paced world it can be difficult to be in steady contact with friends and family when everyone’s busy with their own things. But at the end of the day, it’s love that binds us together. Reach out to the people who make you feel loved and let them know how much they mean to you.
Instead of complaining about how drained and disconnected you feel, take the initiative to check in so no one you care about has to feel alone. A mere “how’ve you been?” or “thinking of you” can light up someone’s day, and leave you feeling grateful for the relationships you’ve forged.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
This is your sign to keep a journal! Every night, give yourself 15 minutes to write down how your day went. Then, actively try to recognize one thing you were grateful for that day. It can be as simple as “the weather was nice” or as specific as, “Amy got me matcha boba from the cafe next door because she knew I had a long day at work.”
Rather than getting upset about the things you don’t have, think of all the things you do have. Just getting in the habit of focusing on the good rather than the bad can alter how you approach life and leave you feeling much more grateful.
Perform Random Acts of Kindness
A little kindness goes a long way. Gratitude is composed not of grand gestures, but of good intentions.
It really is the little things. Moving houses and no longer have room for that cute coffee table? Give it to your sister who’s had eyes on it for a while. Helping others out purely with the intention of helping them out puts goodness into the world, and positively affects the people in it in ways you may never have imagined. Convey your gratitude by giving others something to be grateful for!
Gratitude doesn’t always have to be directed at the external world; sometimes it starts with yourself. Set aside just five minutes every morning to look in the mirror and remind yourself of three things you love about yourself.
Oftentimes, we zero in on our self-perceived shortcomings and forget to be grateful for the mind and body that are working 24/7. Identifying your strengths, and celebrating the little quirks that make you who you are, can instantly lift your spirits and leave you feeling more content.