A daily gratitude practice can be a transformational experience in the way that you see the world. When you lead with gratitude, you begin to see the value in what you have as opposed to what you do not have. By spending a few minutes a day focusing on gratitude you can literally rewire your brain and catapult yourself into a new way of life. Sounds like a lot of work but it really is very simple.
The first time I was ever asked to name 5 things I was grateful for I froze. It was October of 2016 and I was working with a consultant hired by our district to help administrators improve their practice. Unfortunately, I was too focused on all of the issues, problems and shortcomings as opposed to all of the things that were going well. I couldn’t see the forest or the trees 🙂
Gratitude helps you …
- Reduce stress
- Develop a new perspective on the world
- Get through tough times
In order to develop a daily gratitude practice you need to find some way to capture 3-5 things you are grateful for. There are many journals out there that have prompts and areas for you to write or draw. You can use a note book or even post its. I like using the Notes App in my phone. No matter what you choose, just make sure it is something you will be able to use on an ongoing basis and it is convenient.
How to develop a Daily Gratitude Practice
- Carve out 5 minutes in the morning where can find a comfortable spot to reflect on the previous day.
- Go back through the day and think of situations, people, places or things that you were grateful for. Specifically, it could have been a phone call to a loved one, the fact that the sun was shining, that you got paid, that you had a relaxing shower, etc.
- Write down 5 things that you are grateful for in your journal, notebook or phone.
- Be sure to date the entry and maybe write a sentence or two about the day in general.
- Take 3 cleansing breaths to get centered
- Read each of the entries and start with “I am grateful for …” and breathe as you read each one.
- After you are finished, read them again and after each one say “Thank you, thank you, thank you”
Take a moment and think of one thing you are grateful for and say “thank you.” Decide that you are going to dedicate 5 minutes a day to developing a gratitude practice.
Feel free to use this post or this presentation that I made to help others with gratitude. Let me know how you make out on your journey!