“Remember to be grateful”. It is a phrase and mindfulness ideology that has really been floating around lately, especially in the past year or so. And it is for a very good reason! Practicing gratitude is one of the most powerful tools you can use in times of crisis. It allows you to stop and for even a few seconds reflect on what provides you with a positive and thankful perspective on your life.
Gratitude should be something we practice often, but now more than ever!
When everything seems just too much or overwhelming, one of the most effective and positive things you can do is simply write down three things that you are grateful for that day. It can be as simple as ‘the sun came out today’ or ‘for my cosy bed’. These smaller day to day parts of life that we often take for granted are often the best things to recognise you are truly grateful for.
There have been plenty of mental health benefits linked to gratitude. Gratitude often comes about automatically when someone you love does something kind for you, or when you get to the bus just in time for example. But sometimes, in tougher times, where it is a little harder to see the light, actively practicing gratitude is important and can provide positive relief.
Why is that?
- It can provide instant gratification and happiness
- You’re likely to look more to the positives
- It encourages humility and satisfaction
- It makes dealing with tough times a little easier
Often good things are tougher to remember than bad – creating those feel-good memories!
Of course, we are not saying to completely forget the negatives, that is impossible! Life happens. But gratitude might make those hurdles throughout life a tad easier to jump over. You don’t necessarily have to share your gratitude’s if you want to keep them to yourself.
Keeping track of your gratitude’s and positives can include:
- Taking photos
- Keeping a gratitude journal, whether that be in the notes in your phone or a diary
- Tell someone you are grateful for them!
- Take park in some random acts of kindness, both to yourself and a loved one! Maybe grab a bunch of flowers for yourself or a coffee for a colleague? You will sure enough make someone’s morning.
So why not give it a try today? Ask yourself what you are grateful for or ask your loved ones the same. It is such a wonderful way to both start and end the day and get positive communication happening!