If you do something long enough, it becomes a habit. So why not use this to our advantage and make a practice of thinking and acting in ways that will help us in our lives? Let’s make gratitude a habit by practicing it every day until it becomes our habit.
Every day think of the things you are grateful for. Write a few of them down. Really think about this whole “grateful” thing, and focus on things you may have been taking for granted. Has your child been doing well at school? Are you able to read this article? Did a loved one recover from an illness? Do you have a home?
Whatever your gratitude list is, write a few of them down every night. It may even be helpful to use the artistic part of your mind and make a collage of all the things you can be grateful for in your life. Use old magazines and poster board. Have some fun and be grateful for it.
Throughout the day, keep an inventory of the things you can be grateful for even during the more mundane or unpleasant parts of daily life. These can even be the smallest things that you have gratitude for. As long as you recognize them throughout the day.
Try this for a month. You’ll start to notice a habit forming. A habit of gratitude that will help you throughout your life to focus on the positive for a lifetime.
In life we will find that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us happy.