Living in a fast-paced, high-tech world has made us all busier and more overstretched than ever, so much so that it can be hard to stop and reflect on what we are grateful for.
Showing gratitude each day not only gives us the opportunity to slow down and take pause, but can maximise our well-being by increasing positivity, improving self esteem, reducing stress and even helping you to sleep better.
Meredith Gaston, author of The Art of Gratitude, says choosing to be grateful each day can be transformative to our lives.
“Choosing gratitude as a way of life changes us in profound ways, enabling us to experience deeper fulfilment, abundance and perspective,“ she says.
“When we practise gratitude we attune ourselves to seeing the positives in our lives, enhancing our happiness and elevating our mood. Furthermore, when we are grateful for ourselves and our lives, we feel encouraged to make healthier, more positive decisions that honour our complete wellness.”
When it comes to parents, it’s never too early to start teaching our little ones how to show gratitude, explains Meredith.
“Children do very well with gratitude journals, simply listing three things for which they feel grateful each morning, or just before tucking into bed at night.”
Beyond teaching our children to say thank you, there are other ways we can instil this value in them. So, what are they exactly and how can we incorporate these into our already busy lives?
Very easily, you’ll be happy to know! Meredith tells us how with these great tips.
FIVE ways we can practise being more grateful in our every day life
1. “Saying thank you and really meaning it. Taking the time to say thank you and really mean it is something very special, and can be done in many creative ways. Beyond spoken words we can write thank you or love notes, create care packages or send flowers to our loved ones, even plan special experiences to share together and by doing so, strengthen and nourish our relationships.”
2. “Being mindful to thank ourselves, our minds and our bodies, as well as thanking others. We keep ourselves company for life, so nurturing the life-long relationships we have with ourselves is of utmost importance for our health and happiness.”
3. “Keeping a gratitude journal. This could include long passages or short entires, drawings, reflections, affirmations or new ideas. When I coach my clients I recommend starting simply by jotting down three things for which they feel grateful each day. This is best done first thing in the morning to start the day on a bright and grateful note, or just before tucking into bed so as to infuse our dreams and wake with peace and joy.”
4. “Exploring grateful, creative expression. Write sweet cards, organise little surprises, mark out quality time each day for real conversation and connection, and find fresh, new ways to show your love and care for yourself and others.”