Infuse your life with joy and happiness by creating a practice of gratitude

One of the biggest (and most unexpected) takeaways I’ve discovered while digging into my personal self care practice is the power found in the act of gratitude. It’s incredible how impactful a simple shift in perspective can be, that’s why taking a step back and appreciating what we already have is such a powerful way to practice self care.

Creating a self care practice can feel overwhelming at times, especially if you’re focused on external forces providing the rituals and routines for you like manicures, massages, pedicures, etc. When that’s the case, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have enough time or money to take care of yourself, but with the practice of gratitude, you’ll find that with being grateful, you don’t need anything extra.

grat·i·tude
ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od
noun
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

GRATITUDE AS SELF CARE

I find that so many of us are caught-up in the race of the next-best-thing and often forget to look around and count everything that we do have. Right here. Right in this very moment. Things that aren’t expensive or require anything extra on our end, just a bit of acknowledgement.

It’s easy for me to recognize this scarcity-driven behavior from a mile away because I was that woman not too long ago. The one who never had enough, because deep down I didn’t feel like I was enough. Constantly found searching for self-love in the bottom of ice cream containers and inside of designer bags (I mean, I still love me some designer bags…), and ended up feeling more frantic and anxious than ever.

Once I started implementing self care into my life and began to focus on consciously raising my vibration, I’ve felt a shift of immense gratitude for almost everything in my life. Before, I would be so hyper-aware of the image I was giving off to others and it left me in this state of not enough. Now, I truly feel a greater sense of thankfulness and gratefulness each and every day. I’ve also learned to not give a flying you-know-what when it comes to what other people think.

It’s incredible how quickly the universe can work when you do the following:

  1. Acknowledge your desires
  2. Make yourself and your happiness a priority every day
  3. Believe that you are worthy, like truly believe it
  4. Tune in and be grateful for what you already have – no matter how big or small
  5. Feel profound gratitude for the smallest things that you usually take for granted
  6. Tell the Universe thank you for those small gifts and kindly ask for more, please
  7. Patiently wait for ‘more’ and practice gratitude along the way

Since I’ve started to care more deeply for myself and prioritize my needs, I’ve attracted more than I ever could have imagined. With that, I’ve felt an overwhelming and dropping-to-my-knees sense of gratitude that can stop me in my tracks and move me to tears. I’m not just talking about money, I’m talking about the relationships that have blossomed and deepened, opportunities that have landed in my lap, and the incredible support I continue to receive on a daily basis.

On top of it all, I have been consciously focusing my attention on changing my mindset – constantly reminding myself to find gratitude in each and every moment, no matter how shitty or “not to plan” that moment might feel.

If you’re ready to tune-up your daily gratitude practice, check out some easy suggestions on getting started below.

HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE DAILY

  • Look for moments of gratitude throughout your entire day, no matter how seemingly normal your day feels
  • Seek the lesson or gift in situations that have gone awry or not according to plan
  • Give at least one genuine compliment
  • Say thank you and make eye-contact while saying it
  • If you immediately identify something or someone as negative, train your brain to look for a positive instead
  • Start a gratitude journal and begin and end your day writing down five things you’re grateful for

LOOK FOR THE MOMENTS

Sometimes, our days can feel so jam-packed or so boring and routine. I promise you, there are a million little reasons to be grateful just hiding and waiting for acknowledgment.

Something easy (and kind of hilarious) that I’ve been doing lately is to think about all that I’m grateful for while going to the bathroom or while taking a shower. I know, it sounds so crazy, but this daily act is now a reminder to stop and remember all that I am grateful for that day. Also, no matter how fabulous or terrible your day is going, you’re always going to go to the bathroom…

SEEK THE LESSON

When shit really hits the fan and goes the opposite direction as planned, it’s really just an invitation to find the lesson or the silver lining within. When we take the time to acknowledge the positive we’re taking away from a seemingly bad situation, the whole thing takes a positive turn and leaves us feeling not so terrible about whatever just happened. Try it!

COMPLIMENT GENUINELY

Take a few moments out of your day and pay someone a sincere compliment. I love this method because it works in two ways:

  1. You never know how your compliment could turn around someone’s day and
  2. a moment of gratitude is created when you take a moment to acknowledge what you appreciate about someone

GIVE YOUR THANKS

Wether someone holds the door for you or refills your water, look them in the eye and give them a heart-felt thank you. Much like complimenting, this act shifts moments to be grateful for into focus and allows us to see all the positivity and love surrounding us.

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

This is a personal favorite practice of mine because it has personally helped me shift out of lower vibration thinking and combines gratitude and mindfulness into one. The moment you find yourself thinking a negative thought (ugh, I can’t believe there’s a detour on my way home) reframe it to become a positive thought (I’m excited to take a new way home, I can’t wait to see what I might find! or at least I get to listen to my favorite song a few more times!)

WRITE IT OUT

Book-ending your day with writing in a gratitude journal is an easy way to ground yourself and remember all that there truly is to be grateful for. I simply like to ask myself, “what am I grateful for right now?” and write down the first five things that come to mind without judgment.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY GRATEFUL FOR?

Comment below and tell me what you feel grateful for right now. I’d love to hear from you!