Back in November we took some time to check in with that gratitude mindset towards others and of course for yourself! We see a lot of posts on social media about gratitude during the holidays, but what about connecting with that feeling when it's no longer being published in every social media post/etc. to remind us to do it?
1. Journal it out.
Always my first suggestion. Taking the time to write something out helps us to organize our thoughts and give us time to really feel it. Also, if you write it down you can go back to it later and remember that feeling of gratitude or joy.
My journalling gratitude practice is called "Finding the Good". I list out ALL the good things from that day. This can range from cuddling with my cat to hearing a great song on the radio. It's whatever comes to mind that really made my day. I think it's important to train your brain to remember the good, since we're hard wired to remember the negative. Of course, with practice, all things can change.
2. Get some accountability.
This one is fun if you have a significant other or a super best friend! I like to do this in bed at the beginning of day or end of the day. List out loud all the good things from that day; similar to finding the good. The amazing Gala Darling suggests doing a voice recording and sends it to a far-away friend. No only does this keep you close to your pal, but you'll also get that accountability some of us need because they will be waiting for yours!
3. List your accomplishments.
This one is all about feeling gratitude towards yourself. (#selfcare) We are often our own worst enemy and struggle to find the good in ourselves and what we've accomplished. Writing out your accomplishments helps you realize how far you have come and reminds you of all the good you do.
Better yet, meditate on them! Especially if you are having a low vibe day. Take a moment to think about one of your biggest accomplishments and really check in on how you feel when you think about it. Got an awesome reward for completing a race/performance or praise on a good job. Take a mindful minute to connect to that feeling. You are an amazing individual.
4. There's an app for that!
Looking for accountability that you bring with you everywhere? Download the Bliss app on your phone.
This is especially useful if you're not into that whole paper journal deal. While this app has many features, one of my favorite in the little Gratitude Exercise that give you a little space to type whatever you're grateful for that day and encourages you to connect to the WHY as well. I find defining your "why" statement helps you to really check in to that gratitude attitude.
5. Just Do It.
Like anything else practice makes it perfect. Plan 5 minutes of your day and just do the work. Set a timer on your phone to go off every day at the same time to practice a gratitude exercise or meditate on your accomplishments. It has been said it only takes 21 days to make something a habit!
Hoping one or two of these ideas help you get that Gratitude Attitude all year long!
- Jenn Rose
(Journal Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash)