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5 Ways to Practice Gratitude

5 ways to practice gratitude Kickstarting a Gratitude Practice

National Gratitude Month is winding down. In a previous post we discussed the amazing power of gratitude to improve our physical and mental health. But what exactly does it mean to practice gratitude, and what are some easy ways to keep up the habit after National Gratitude Month is over?

Turns out, there there’s no right or wrong way to observe gratitude. But here are 5 ideas to keep help you get started.

Keep a gratitude journal

Some people use social media for this purpose. But no matter how you choose to do it, writing 1–3 things down on a daily basis that you’re grateful for helps keep gratitude front and center in your life. Jot down things you appreciate about yourself, about others, or just things you’re grateful for about life in general.

Write a thank-you note

Writing a thank-you note is a great way to let someone know you’re grateful they’re in your life Try to write at least one thank-you note a week.

Volunteer

Make yourself of service to an organization that aligns with your personal value system, whether that be community, church, or AA-related. Let that organization know you’re grateful for what they do by volunteering your time.

Help clean up

From time to time we all come across trash or litter in a space we value, whether that’s in a school, a park, or just around your neighborhood. Keep a bag in your backpack or in the trunk of your car, and when you see litter–pick it up!

Start doing a gratitude list

You can keep this list in your gratitude journal or even start a gratitude list group through social media or email with friends. Each day you list a few things you are grateful for. This very small act, over time, will retrain your thinking to notice and appreciate all of the good things you have or that happen in a day.

November reminds us to be grateful. But our gratitude doesn’t have to stop when the calendar turns over to December. Use any one of these ideas, or come up with your own, and keep gratitude alive in your life all year long.

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