A easy 60 secs guide on how to start your gratitude practice
How to start a gratitude practice today?
So I recently wrote about the gratitude prompts and one of my readers came back asking me – ‘I understand and I know that I should write my gratitude’s, But I am stuck and unable to follow after that. What am I supposed to do and how do I start doing it?
Points you can keep in mind to identify this 1 thing for your gratitude practice
- There must be a muscle movement. You must have smiled, giggled, blinked, cried, jumped, screamed or at least moved your arms and legs
- It made you feel joy, warm, tickled, excited, happy, cheerful, sing, energy
- You want to do it again
- Now Write in one sentence using less than 30 words
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Some Examples of this gratitude practice can be
- I am feeling so excited about my new haircut today. I want to keep swaying my hair
- Today I am grateful for this experience of cooking. Simple home cooked food is the best meal of the day. It makes my tummy full, takes my barely 10 mins to prepare and yet gives me all the energy and nutrients
- I am happy to have met my neighbour today. Though it was a quick two mins chat he was really kind and full of energy. I felt so good after talking to him.
- I am having the best time reading this book on happiness and I have shared it with all my friends. Its is constantly bringing up good and positive stories.
- I found a little feather on the road today. It reminded me of my childhoods days. So happy to have had those carefree and fun-filled days in my life.
So, What to do when you cannot find a reason to be grateful
- Sit down quietly for 30 secs or a count of 10 and close your eyes (Check out my post here to know more how to count Mississipily )
- And now, Take a long Breathe In and release Breathe Out (It is possible when you have many thoughts, feelings, stress then the breathe out may be followed with a grunting sound. As you understand, this happens involuntarily so you can be relaxed )
- So, You will have a hundred thoughts but just ask yourself and these thoughts to let you breathe and wait for you to complete your counts. (this trick is talking to your subconscious to tell it that you want to relax and focus on being present in the moment)
- After the count is done just snap your fingers and open your eyes and now you have the perfect thing to be grateful for – a mindful moment in the present
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Keep yourself motivated using fun ideas
If you find daily journaling boring, Here are some alternatives for you.
- Make your Gratitude jar and collect all the daily notes in this Gratitude Jar
- Send an email or a note to self
- Create your gratitude bubble. Will share more details in upcoming posts.
Dedicating this post for a wider audience and an intent to help other readers