As the leaves fall, temperatures drop and seasons change, we are reminded that this is a time of reflection. We’re also celebrating holidays like Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and Christmas which, for many of us, are some of the only times during the year we stop and think about how grateful we are. However, there is a growing movement to incorporate a daily gratitude practice into everyday life.
There’s a whole host of reasons why we should make gratitude a daily practice —being thankful leads to many health benefits, from improved immune systems, to feelings of connectedness and even higher team morale. However, it can be tough to get started without practical suggestions and ideas.
Here are three easy ways to start to incorporate gratitude into your day:
- Start a gratitude journal. Before you go to bed each night, write down three to five things you were grateful for that day. Some days will be more exciting than others, but the more frequently you work on finding gratitude in everyday things, the easier it will become.
- Give thanks before meals. Much like we do around the Thanksgiving table, giving thanks at your daily dinner table lets you pause and be mindful of how fortunate you are and share your gratitude with others.
- Surround yourself with positivity. Choose a place where you spend time each day - your desk, your refrigerator, even your bathroom mirror – and decorate it with positive messages like “I am excited for the opportunities today brings” or “Today is going to be a great day”. Each time you look at them, they will remind you to be grateful and add an additional note of positivity to your day.
Once you've committed to an attitude of gratitude, it’s important to give yourself time to adjust. Most experts agree that it takes 21 days to build a habit, but don’t be surprised if after that you start to see your life change for the better.