There’s a saying, “it’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.” Research has shown that showing gratitude for what you have automatically makes you feel more joy, ” relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Entrepreneurs, like most people, need ways to replenish their happiness high throughout the day and actively showcasing thankfulness is a great way to manifest a positive day. Here are 5 ways to be practice gratitude in your life everyday:
Saying ‘thank you’ is something most people don’t do enough of on a daily basis. Often, we are too busy and focused with our own problems that we forget about being grateful for the many positive things that happen to us. If someone holds the door or elevator for you, say “thank you.” If someone pays you a compliment, say “thank you.” It’s not only good manners, but will make you feel positively fuller.
Oprah starts her day everyday by reading her gratitude journal. Everyday she adds to the things that she is thankful for having in her life. Yes. the “Queen of Media” may have some pretty big items to make her smile, but it is the small things that bring her the most joy. She includes items like, “good water pressure,” “clean sheets,” and “fresh flowers” on her list. Create your own gratitude journal, include all the things big and small that make you smile and read it to yourself before you get out of bed each day.
A grumpy ‘thank you’ will not help you in any way. It is important be and sound genuinely grateful when you say ‘thank you’ especially when speaking to others. This makes those around you feel appreciated and your sincerity, so they will treat you in the same happy and gracious way.
Actively shifting negative thoughts is a big step in creating a more thankful space for yourself. We all have negative thoughts during the day and the act of reflecting and altering them will change your entire spirit. After you catch yourself thinking, “My client is crazy” take a moment to stop and focus on something in the situation that makes you feel grateful. For example, “she really does trust me with her project and I know in the end she just wants to see my great work.” Being able to alter your thoughts and create thankful moments out of trying ones is amazing way to stay on your happiness high.
Giving out compliments can help you increase your gratitude, especially when done on a daily basis. It does not necessarily have to be about the person you are speaking with, but saying something nice and sharing that appreciation is a wonderful way to practice gratitude. Don’t forget to give yourself little compliments as well. The more gracious moments you surround yourself with the more you will have to be thankful.
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