How To Increase Your Daily Gratitude (7 Helpful Tips)

A woman is standing on a beach with her eyes closed, a smile on her face, and her hands in the air. Showing gratitude.

I’m sure you have heard people talking about gratitude and how important it can be for increasing our happiness, but did you know that it can also strengthen our immune systems and make us more optimistic as well?

Gratitude is all about being thankful for the things that we receive in this life.

If you aren’t used to expressing gratitude or really considering the things you have in life to be grateful about, it can be difficult to know where to start or what to do.

That is why I am sharing my 7 favorite tips to express gratitude.

How to increase your gratitude

1) Practice mindfulness

When we are focused on the moment that is currently happening, instead of thinking about the past or wishing for the future, we are able to be more thankful for the things that we have.

By grounding ourselves in that present moment we are able to cultivate gratitude and think about the little things that are happening right in front of us.

Several ways to practice mindfulness are to meditate, try yoga, or do deep breathing exercises.

2) Give back

Volunteering is an amazing thing. There are so many people on this planet that have less than us and it can feel wonderful to help others in need.

Helping others can be a great reminder that there are people out there that are “suffering” or “truly struggling”, and often times they can be more grateful for the things they have than the people that have been very blessed in this life.

I remember one of the first times I went to volunteer somewhere. I was fairly young, and as a child (and even an adult) you don’t always have the capacity to think about other people and that there are people in the world that may be living differently than you.

Spending time with people in need is a great way to remind us to be grateful.

3) Shift your mindset

I talk a lot on this website about shifting your mindset. When you find that you are actively thinking something negative, or thinking of things you wish you had, it can be wise to make a conscious decision to shift that thinking pattern to the things you have that you love and are grateful for.

4) Use a journal

One of the things I found the most helpful when it comes to gratitude is to add it to my journaling habits. I already journal daily, but every day I now add a list of three things I am most grateful for that day. I find it really helps to put my day in perspective and puts me in a positive mindset.

5) Say thank you

Expressing gratitude to other people puts you into a gratitude loop. Just saying the words thank you, and really meaning it, helps you to consciously think of those things that you have to be grateful for.

6) Use your five senses

Putting ourselves in touch with our five senses is a grounding technique, but it also helps us to be more mindful as well. While focusing on the things we can hear, touch, smell, taste, and feel, it helps us to realize how truly lucky we are to be alive.

7) Improve your self-care

While being grateful will help to improve your happiness, being happy can also improve how grateful you are.

Taking better care of yourself helps to improve your happiness, and when you are happy, it is easier to look on the positive side of things and find even more things in your life to be grateful for.

What are the things in life that you are most grateful for?

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