Different Ways To Practice Gratitude


Gratitude is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit these days. It is becoming one the ‘go-to words’ in living a Healthy & Happy life. We now know that a daily Gratitude Practice help with our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. So what is Gratitude exactly? The definition of Gratitude is: 


gratitude
ˈɡratɪtjuːd/
noun
 
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
     

     

A lovely meaning, and you can see why it is on the rise in our awakening world. We are waking up to see the world and all of humanity is in need of healing, and we are now ready to step up into this role. In any situation, when we heal, we bring up and out old, heavy garbage that is the cause or side-effect of the dis-ease. As we start to heal the world, we can expect to see the heaviness around us more than when we were not aware of the dis-eased state of the planet. So to help us deal with this, and not get bogged down in the fear and negativity that will be shown to us, we focus on Gratitude and Love. A change built out of Love, rather than fear, is a change that has a strong foundation for  stability for the future growth. 

A daily Gratitude practice can be overwhelming to some, especially if this is a new concept for you. Did you know that there are many ways to practice Gratitude; it is all about finding what works for you. There is no wrong or right method when practicing being thankful, in-fact the only way to get it “wrong”, would be to not practice Gratitude!

To help you discover your new favourite go-to Gratitude practice, here are some of my personal favourite ways to show Gratitude daily.

 


 

6 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

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  • A Gratitude Journal:  Writing in a journal is an easy way to express your Gratitude daily. There are many types of Gratitude journals around these days, however it does not have to be a fancy journal, it can just be a normal note book. (in fact I personally use a plain note book with blank pages in it a friend bought me, as my Gratitude Journal.) Every day write down what you are thankful for; I usually write around 10-12 things, (in dot points) of what I am thankful for in my life. E.g. My friends and family, a cup of hot chocolate, that it is Friday. etc… 

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  • Self Care: One of the best ways to show your Gratitude, is to truly look after yourself. To nourish your mind, body and soul every day. When we nourish and care for ourselves, we are practicing Gratitude. We are showing the Universe how thankful we are for being alive and for our beautiful home that we live in for our entire life on Earth. If you are super keen on showing yourself Self Love – check out the previous post all about Self Care and the up-coming Self-Love Bali Retreat.  

 

 

 

  • Meditate: Meditation is a great way to pause and be thankful. Most of the time we are so caught up in thinking about the future with our hopes, dreams and expectations, that we forget to focus on our current blessings. There are many guided meditations out there on YouTube that focus on Gratitude, or if you want time away from technology, just follow my  simple Gratitude Meditation. Find a quite space for yourself and either lie or sit down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus on your breath. When you feel yourself becoming calm, think of the blessings in your life right now. Focus on these blessings, say thank you and feel your heart swell with joy. I often smile to myself when doing this meditation – so if you feel a smile coming up – let it free! 

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  • A Gratitude Jar: A Gratitude Jar is an easy way to practice gratitude daily that doesn’t take up any time. Find a medium sized jar (or box) that has a lid. At any time of the day, when you find yourself being thankful about something, write it down on a scrap of paper, and then put it into the Gratitude Jar. It is that easy! People often have a special moment (such as New Years Eve) that they then open their jar and read back over all their moments of Gratitude for the year. 

 

  • Send a Thank You note: It is lovely to be able to share your Gratitude with the people who you are thankful about. You can write them a letter, a text, email, or even leave it on a post-it-note! Writing a thank-you note has many benefits to it. Firstly,  you are helping to express your Gratitude with another, which is very different from just keeping it to yourself in a journal,  and secondly, by giving them the thank – you note, you are helping to bring awareness to them around Gratitude – and in turn, they might start to focus on Gratitude in their own lives. You can even leave your name off the note if you wish too. I often write notes to people in my neighbour-hood and leave them in their mail boxes. (For example: At Christmas time, a house near mine does a beautiful Christmas window display that I walk past every day with my dog. So I wrote them an anonymous note, just to say thank you and how much I appreciated seeing it every day.

 

  • Say Grace: A simple way to practice Gratitude daily is to say Grace with your meals. Just before you eat (or drink) say a quick blessing for your meal. For some tips and idea on this, check out my previous post all about ‘Saying Grace to Nourish your Food’ 

 

I hope this is helpful and inspires you with different ways to Practice Gratitude Daily! When we all are living from a space of Love + Gratitude, this is when we can move mountains! Let me know what other ways you Practice Gratitude in your life by leaving me a comment below.

Keep shining and being #beautifullygrateful. ♥ 

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About me

Em is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Reiki Master, Blogger, Writer, Speaker and Positive Living Guru. Em is passionate about inspiring people to live their life to their highest potential with a foundation in Happiness, Health and Gratitude. Join her beautiful GratiDude tribe for daily tips and inspiration. Her mission is to inspire people all over the world to live a life that is overflowing with Love, Wellbeing and Gratitude.

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7 Comments

Louise
Reply February 10, 2017

Thank you so much for this. I am pretty new to the concept of Gratitude, and your site has been a big help. I especially love the Gratitude Jar idea. So cute!

    The Gratitude Butterfly
    Reply February 11, 2017

    Hi Louise!
    Thank you so much, and I am so happy that I can help along your Gratitude journey. :)
    Keep Shining!
    With Love + Gratitude,
    Em || The Gratitude Butterfly

Meg
Reply February 11, 2017

Thanks for posting this. Those ideas are awesome in their simplicity and accessibility. I love both the gratitude jar and the gratitude journal. I've been working on meditation recently and it's made such a huge difference to my life. :)

    The Gratitude Butterfly
    Reply February 11, 2017

    So glad you enjoyed and connected to the post. :)
    Mine too - I love a good meditation sesh!
    With Love + Gratitude,
    Em || The Gratitude Butterfly

Allison at Brainy Business Babe
Reply February 11, 2017

I love the idea of saying grace as a gratitude practice! I'm trying to get into the habit :)

Ashley
Reply February 13, 2017

Beautiful post. In place of the resolution this year, I opted to do the gratitude jar and I used the champagne bottle we emptied. I hope to do the same thing every year. Beautiful blog space!

    The Gratitude Butterfly
    Reply February 13, 2017

    Thank you so much Ashley! ♥
    Haha I love it! Perfect place to store all you are Thankful for! I might have to try that one next year...
    With Love + Gratitude,
    Em xo

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