The above quote comes from Jamie Smart jamiesmart.com. The idea is to softly say this to yourself as a mantra and keep repeating it – oh and you can start to smile gently as various thoughts of your awareness begin to show up ; ))
Gratitude can help in so many ways along the way to enjoying life in a happy and positive way. Here are a few ways to help you practice this ancient art of being thankful for what we have and who we choose to surround ourselves with.
1. Make a gratitude list
An easy way to practice gratitude is to write a list of all the things you are grateful for. Try to think of as many things, people, places, etc., as you can. (e.g., Family, ice cream, trees, creativity, happiness, etc.)
2. Write gratitude notes
Write out a few sticky notes to people who you are grateful for. Include one to two things you appreciate about them and stick the note on their desk, car, or bag.
3. Write a gratitude letter to someone
Bring to mind someone who did something really wonderful for you. Write a letter to him/her describing just how thankful you are. Include details about how it made you feel and how it made you feel about them.
4. Track three good things
Each day for a week, write down three good things about your day. At the end of the week, review your list to remind yourself that you have a lot to be grateful for.
5. Make a gratitude drawing
Take a moment to think of some of the people/pets/things you are most grateful for. Then create a drawing that includes these things. Put your drawing up on the fridge to remind you of what you’re grateful for and to keep practicing gratitude.
In summary …
By using these five gratitude practices, you can set yourself up for a more rewarding and enjoyable life to come.