3 Ways To Practice Gratitude

8 Aug 2020 United Kingdom

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There are so many benefits to practising gratitude - reflecting on the day and focussing on the positives, of the things we should be thankful for. It’s one form of self-care that is proven to have many mental health benefits. Here is a guide for how to practice gratitude and a suggestion of ways to do just that. 

But first, what is gratitude? 

By definition, gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Being grateful for the positive aspects of your day, week and life, that make you feel all warm and fuzzy when you think of these moments you are thankful for. 

Practising gratitude is taking the time to reflect of these moments, consciously showing thanks for the good day you had, the positive conversation that may have taken place, the everyday things that you may sometimes take for granted. Practising gratitude is a way of focussing on the positives and disregarding the negatives. 

The Mental health benefits of practising gratitude

Giving thanks has been scientifically proven to make you happier - gratitude has been linked to greater levels of happiness.  It’s been noted to improve your relationships with others - friends, family, your significant other as well as your ability to cope when faced with adversity. It is even been seen to have a lasting effect on your brain suggesting that even over time, the benefits of practising gratitude are present. 

Practising gratitude is just one way that can increase your happiness levels and allow you to have a more positive outlook on life and the many aspects of it. Taking some time to do this as often as possible one form of self-care that is worth taking the time out of your day to reflect and take conscious note of. 

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How to Practice Gratitude

Thank you notes

If you want to say thank you to someone, then do it! Whether it’s verbally, in a text but, what better way than a cute notelet for them to keep. Writing little thankyous is just one way you can practice gratitude not only a nice message to a friend for helping you out but a nice act for you to do by spending some time thinking about the positive things that have happened and thanking those who were there. There are so many amazing places to pick up thank you notes but these Thank you cards by the lovely Komal at The Design Palette are perfect - such simple, beautiful designs that are perfect for this! 

Gratitude Journaling

Take some time to reflect on the positives of your day - maybe pick out 3 things you’re grateful for each day can help you pick out the small things that you may not usually notice but on reflection see what a great impact it has on you in feeling happier every day. 

Take photos

This is one I personally love. Taking photos through your day - whether it’s a fun adventure with friends or maybe you’ve had a cosy day reading a good book. Take a quick pic to savour the moments you feel most grateful to help you remember the moment and be able to look back later and smile! 

Do you do any of these things to practice gratitude? Any you might start doing? 

Hope you’re doing great, 

Sarah x

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