Surely, there’s not much more to gratitude than writing five things, or even 3, you are grateful for each day. That seems to be the standard advice and activity on the net.
Keeping a gratitude journal will certainly do something and it will do more if you write out each statement like this:
I am grateful for ……..
Even better, take it a step further, list 5 different things each day for 90 days and then you really start seeing some benefits.
This is why there is a lot about gratitude bing powerful yet, there is a gap between this and experience.
Don’t get me wrong. the five entries per day is a great place to start. It is the beginning.
Gratitude, and I like to use appreciation as well, is more of an attitude or a lifestyle change than quickly filling in the 5 things before dropping off to sleep or start the morning rush.
As you already know, making these sort of changes require a bit more application.
Consider viewing every action through the lens of appreciation
To grasp gratitude, consider viewing every action through the lens of appreciation. This includes driving the car, being on social media, watching TV, spending time with family, dealing with customers, staff or even your boss.
There’s a lot of science to show how we approach a situation has an impact on its outcome.
As you go about your day, pause and look around for what you can be grateful for. These can include the furniture, car, food, drink, colleagues, family, how you overcome adversity, how your life experiences so far has led you to be here, nature, your hobbies… the list is endless.
There is so much more to gratitude than your 5 a day.
The benefits of practicing gratitude are that you become kinder, more generous, more favourable opportunities arrive and life becomes less of a struggle. We all want that, don’t we?