The Practice of Gratitude: My Top Tips to Feeling Good and Generating Great Outcomes in Your Life

The practice of gratitude is a very simple idea that involves you making the smallest change in your attitude towards everyday life, and developing a new way of looking at yourself and the world. The idea concentrates on shifting your perspective so that you focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t – it concentrates on abundance rather than what you think you lack. Gratitude in general is about becoming more attune to what’s going on around you; you learn to appreciate the simple things we take for granted and acknowledge how fortunate you are – this results in positive behaviour and even stronger relationships.

Using gratitude in everyday life seems like something that’s almost effortless and yet can have a profound affect on everything around you. When you begin to regularly appreciate what people do for you, as well as the things that just seem to be there for your pleasure (material or otherwise) – whether that’s the roof over your head, the meal you just had or that quiet walk in the park last week – you naturally start to feel happier. The relationships you develop with gratitude become stronger as the small signs of appreciation become noticeable and those around you respond positively because they can see that they are part of your life and you in turn, are part of theirs. This personal connection helps us feel like we’re not alone, and being a part of something helps us feel more ready to face adversity in life and feel genuine joy when we see how much we should actually be thankful for.

A useful and popular way to start making gratitude part of your everyday routine is by keeping a gratitude journal, where you start the day by writing down 5 things you’re grateful for – it can be small, significant, ordinary or extraordinary. Starting the day on a positive note automatically makes you more upbeat and prepared for the day ahead, writing down your thoughts gives you a moment to yourself before you take on the rest of the world and helps you realise what truly matters and how fortunate you really are.

Start slowly, thank people more, and show them how glad you are to have them around. Look at the world a little differently, instead of complaining about how long you’ve been waiting in line – be thankful you have money to be spending in the store. If you find yourself feeling like nothing’s going your way – be thankful that the day is over and look forward to tomorrow instead. By just changing the way you look at things ever so slightly, you can make an enormous difference in your own life and in the lives of those around you.

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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