6 Ways I Express Gratitude Everyday

1:36 PM

"I woke up and realized, life sucks"
"I've had enough. There's nothing good about this world"

Here I admit. That was me 10 years ago. Thankful on rare occasions and mostly ungrateful to the point of giving up on myself and life. 10 years down the line, this is what I learnt.

Be thankful for what you have. You have no idea how many people are praying to have what you've got.

There's nothing wrong in wanting more out of life. But, you're looking to lose your peace of mind if you always find something to complain about and fail to be grateful for what you already have. We always want more. Human nature. Unfortunately we can never be truly happy and satisfied if we simply look for more without showing gratitude.


Nowadays I come across people of all ages who often complain of how boring their lives are, they believe they are the most unluckiest person alive.
Some whinge of not being given enough opportunities and others survive on social assistance all their lives, yet find ample time to be ungrateful. You know what? You're not attracting what you want because you don't appreciate and are not thankful for what you do have. Think about it!

Imagine you've accidentally been locked up in a tiny room and realize it will not take long until you start suffocating. You shout for help but in vain. So you keep calm hoping that help is just round the corner. Time goes by and you start pining for fresh air. You start to sweat. Your chest feels tight. You feel like you would probably die. Suddenly someone opens the door. As you gasp for air, you thank that person for saving your life and are so grateful for being able to breathe freely again. 

You must be thinking....OK! What's your point? 

My point is...Do we always need a tough situation or a difficult time to remind us the importance of being thankful?? Sadly it is so, most of the time. It takes poverty to remind us how lucky we are to have shelter and food. It takes a loss of life to remind us how fortunate we are to be alive. It takes a person with an incurable disease to remind us how blessed we are to be healthy. We ought to learn from people, who inspite of all their dilemmas, are happy and always find something to be grateful for every single day.


If there's one thing we can all be thankful for everyday is waking up to a new day. Regardless of how bad our present situation is, a new day means hope. We have been given one more opportunity to be grateful and turn things around. Remember money can't buy the richness that gratitude adds to your life.


Here's  how I learnt to practice gratitude over the years.

1. Pay it forward 

Take a good look around you right now! I bet there are people and things you have never been thankful for. The first step to being grateful is to learn not to take ANYTHING for granted. We need to understand that the world and the people in it owe us nothing. Whether we have been helped or not, our first and foremost duty is to always do something good for others. Strive to be on the giving rather than on the receiving end of things. Inspire people to live better lives, be the true to yourself, help people make better choices, perform acts of kindness and be the positive change you want to see in the world.

2. Talk With A Smile

I love talking with a smile unless the situation absolutely requires me to talk without one. Some people think it's weird to smile and talk. Might sound weird but it's highly recommended. Never underestimate the power of a smile. Whether you're in person or on the phone, try doing so with a smile. People will feel comfortable being around you. Let there be kindness in your smile.Who knows?? You could be the only person whose smile gives somebody hope today. 

3. Create a Gratitude Jar

Previously I used to record everything I am grateful for in my diary. I decided to have an add-on this year. The 'Gratitude Jar'. Heard a lot about it. Time to put it into practice. Every morning my husband and I pen down anything we were grateful for the previous day.  Not only does this action makes us feel good but it also sets the tone for the rest of the day. I bet January the 1st 2016 will be exciting when we will get to read through all the things we have been thankful for the past year and start the process all over again.

4. Talk about Your blessings 

I have taken to the habit of feeling blessed every morning. Waking up next to my husband is a blessing in itself. Just before we get out of bed we talk about all the things we are grateful for. We recall the trials and tribulations in our lives which led us to where we are today. The more time we spend talking about our blessings the lesser time we have to discuss our problems which has impacted our way of thought positively.

"You could dwell on your problems or you could dwell on your blessings. The former produces stress, the latter peace. Your Choice".   Mary-France Winters 

5. Say 'Thank You'

'Thank you'.  Such a significant word yet so underused. It's important to acknowledge what people do for us. At this point you must be thinking of all the people who have gone out their way to help you and you probably forgot to show your appreciation. Do it today! It's never too late to say 'Thank you'. It doesn't matter how big or small of a difference anyone made in your life. Be thankful to anybody who helps you, cares about you & finds time to be with you. 

6. Volunteer your time to a cause

Many of us are ungrateful and unhappy because we have no meaning in our lives. We spend time shopping, eating and merrying but we still feel miserable. Why is that so? Have you ever thought of volunteering your time, donating or getting involved with a cause that means something to you? Have you felt ever the burst of happiness that comes with helping others? If you haven't, today is a great day to get started and be of service to anybody in need. There's always somebody out there who needs a helping hand. Take a look at the cause I volunteer for.

Here's a shortened list of the things I have been grateful for since the start of 2015.

I am grateful to be able to live life freely.
I am grateful for the opportunities that come my way.
I am grateful for the hard times. They made me stronger.
I am grateful for the people who love and accept me for who I am.
I am grateful to have a husband who always makes me feel loved.
I am grateful for blogging that allows me to make a difference.
"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears". Anthony Robbins
What is it that you are grateful? I would love to hear from you.


You Might Also Like

20 comments

  1. I am grateful to have u as a friend. Thank u very much,

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello dear friend. Thank you for your comment. I am also thankful to you:)

      Delete
  2. This was a wonderfully comprehensive post that details both why we should be grateful and practices we can use to make us more aware of all we have to be grateful for. An excellent post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for reading and commenting Sharon:)

      Delete
  3. Some lovely gratitude ideas. It is always good to have reminders. Even when trying consciously to feel gratitude there can be some heavier days when we forget. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kama you're right. It's so easy to forget the simple things we can grateful for. Thank you for dropping a comment:)

      Delete
  4. A thought on saying "thank you". It's also helpful to accept "thank you" as a response instead of deflecting the thanks back onto the person who gave it. "You're welcome," or "glad to help" work better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your thought Scott. True....it works two ways:)

      Delete
  5. Wonderful post brought this to mind....."there but for the grace of God go I" It always reminds me to thankful for the many blessings in my life.....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely true Debbie. It's important to remember the Lord and all the things He has given us to be grateful for:) thank you for commenting dear Debbie:)

      Delete
  6. Great inspirational site! I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Congratulations! You can see your nomination here:
    http://tails-r-wagging.com/2015/01/14/gratitude/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Sadie,you made my day. I thank you wholeheartedly for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Doing the happy dance :) Time for me to pay it forward:) Thanks again!

      Delete
  7. What a lovely post- so inspiring! The simple act of smiling makes such a difference.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sue Grilli thank you for reading and commenting. Really happy you loved it. A smile sure can have a positive impact:)

      Delete
  8. I started my gratitude practice years ago just as a way to participate in a blogging initiative. I never imagined at the time just how much it will change me, it's one of the best gifts blogging has given me. Today I'm grateful for a great day with my kids, with some setbacks along the way but a happy end.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow Tat. I can relate to your love for blogging. My experience with blogging is somewhat similar. Wishing a great day and a great year with bucket loads of happy endings. Thank you for your comment:) take care

      Delete
  9. I have two times set aside each day for gratitude, once in the morning and again in the evening. Both of these practices have been calming and transforming. It turns out I'm grateful for gratitude. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. That's wonderful Harmony. You sound like a very humble and life loving person. No wonder you're grateful for gratitude.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gratitude brings so much peace and joy in your life. I practice gratitude quite often but I've never actually heard of the gratitude jar. Thanks for sharing. I think we will implement it as a family :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm happy you got introduced to something new through my post. Thank you for reading and leaving your comment Jamie:) Have a good day!

      Delete

Popular Posts