Every November, Americans gather with their families to spend a day giving thanks. Enjoying a day of thanks is wonderful, but you don't have to wait until the end of the year to do so. You can be thankful all-year-round. There is a bounty of power and benefits to be found in practicing gratitude. It might just be the most overlooked weapon in your arsenal. It doesn't cost money or a lot of time to cultivate gratitude. However, the benefits are abundant. The more you focus on gratitude, the happier you'll be.
Gratitude Makes You Happier
According to many psychological studies, spending even five minutes daily writing in a gratitude journal can boost your happiness long-term. By noting the good things you already have will help you feel more positive about life overall. If you want to feel positive about life, to be happier, then you need to feel gratitude.
Easier Said Than Done
If you're in a place where even the thought of gratitude feels like some kind of sick cosmic joke, I would encourage you to start small. As small as just looking for something to be grateful for. The simple act of “looking” for something to be grateful for can help to switch your focus toward finding things to be grateful for. Set a goal to find one new thing to be grateful for each day for a week.
Write Them Down
Get yourself a journal and each day, write the one thing that you found to be grateful for. At the end of the week, look back and see that you do in fact have things to be grateful for. You just couldn't see them because you weren't actively looking for them. After that first week, try bumping it up to finding two new things each day. Build up until you're looking for and finding at least five new things. You'll be amazed at how quickly things around you will change just by simply learning to look for all the wonders around you.