Scientific research shows that having more energy, more positivity, and more meaningful social interactions are among the many effects of practicing gratitude daily. Practicing gratitude throughout your day can give you the boost you need to get done what needs to get done and keep you feeling fresh and recharged overall.
A great way to get into the habit is to keep a journal. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It could even be as simple as using voice memos on your phone whenever you get the chance to grow gratitude.
Here are just a few ways you can practice gratitude:
- When you get up, instead of saying, “Today I have to…”, say “Today I get to…”.
- Thank–even from a distance–your mail-person and delivery persons.
- Leave a positive review for a local business on Yelp or Google or Facebook or wherever.
- Say hello to a stranger on the street (and smile with your eyes the best you can).
- Try to notice 3 small moments in your day–things like making your coffee–that you usually take for granted and think about all the people (and their work) that made that moment possible.