Add Gratitude to Your Daily Life
Have you ever read articles about how people like Oprah or Tony Robbins start their day? They claim the practice of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to change your life, and they are living proof. Keeping a gratitude journal is an excellent way to start noticing and counting your blessings. It’s simple, yet powerful.
But there’s no need to stop there! With the holiday season coming quickly upon us, I thought it would be a great topic to touch on now to get a jump start on the season and stress management.
Stress management during the holiday season is critical to surviving the changes and obligations. Picking the notion of taking the attitude of gratitude is a great place to start. There are many ways to add the practice of gratitude into your life so you stay focused on appreciating all the amazing things you have in your life.
7 Simple Ways to Add Gratitude
Here are a 7 simple ways to add gratitude in your life, starting today.
- Compliment a stranger — how many times have you admired someone’s haircut or blouse, but not complimented them on it? Start today!
- Let someone ahead of you in line — remember how it feels when you have one item, and all the people in front of you have a shopping cart full? Guess what? Everyone feels that way. The next time you get the opportunity, let that person go in front of you.
- Avoid negative media — it’s tough to stay focused on all the goodness around you when you allow all the negative news in the world to play in front of you every day. Find positive TV, movies and other media to watch instead.
- Cherish your friends — when was the last time you told your BFF how much you appreciate them being in your life? Not because of anything they’ve done, but just for loving and supporting you throughout your life’s journey.
- Listen deeply — so often, when we listen to someone talk we are rehearsing what we want to say next. Notice how often you do that and practice listening intently to the person, even if they are telling you about something that doesn’t interest you or you’ve already heard 100 times.
- Go outside and relish — most of us don’t get out into nature as much as we should. And that’s a shame because we miss out on so many wonders! Take time to go outside more. Go to the park and listen to the kids squeal with delight. Watch a hummingbird at your neighbor’s feeder. Enjoy the beauty of the natural world.
- Practice not complaining — when you start to notice how often you complain, you’ll be amazed! One day a week, practice not complaining, but rather re-frame everything to put a positive, grateful spin on it. And mean it!
From a business perspective, how much can your employee loyalty improve when there is an air of gratitude. All of these are easily implemented within your small business.
Share in the SpringBoard group what other ways you have to add gratitude to your daily life. We would love to hear it. Remember, both stress management and time management during the holiday season is critical to surviving the changes and obligations you will be experiencing.
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