One of my goals in committing to living contently is expressing gratitude daily.
But, sometimes that’s just easier said than done.
One thing that I’ve found to help, though, is having a few “go-to” strategies when I’m having a harder time being grateful.
So, if you ever struggle to be grateful or at least readily expressing that gratitude, you may find these strategies helpful, too.
How to express gratitude even when you’re not feeling thankful
Here are some simple tips to help you be more grateful.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and see what a difference it makes in your everyday life.
- Take 5: I love this strategy of taking 5. Take just a few minutes, and think of 5 things you’re grateful for. I remind myself to do this when I’m being particularly crabby or even when I’m frustrated. This practice helps me reframe my mind, so I much more able to face whatever situation I’m in.
- Write It Down: This is another one I can do in a pinch, and let’s be honest, sometimes I just need the concrete act of writing something down. So, like with Take 5, I’ll stop what it is I’m doing and write down at least 2-3 things I’m grateful for in that moment. This one is great for me because I am a writer, so it really works to draw me back into the right attitude.
- Send a Note: I don’t do this one nearly enough, but one of my favourite ways to express gratitude is to send a note to someone around me. Whether it’s sharing a line to say how this person has brightened my day or just sending a happy note, writing a note is a great way to show some gratitude. Just see if you don’t feel happier after writing a nice note to someone you care about.
- Do a Favor: This is another fun one, but it typically takes a little more planning. In any case, it’s the perfect way to “get out of a funk” and get back on track with your attitude. Take 10 or 15 minutes, and ask a neighbour or friend if there is something you can help them with. You’ll feel better and so will the person you’ve helped.
- Say Thank You: That’s right. Just say “thank you.” This single act is one of the fastest, easiest ways you can express gratitude. Whether someone has held the door for you or simply shared a story with you that has brightened your day, take a moment to say thank you and express your gratitude.
I have days that being grateful is difficult more often than I’d like to admit.
But, with these tips, I reframe my attitude and refocus quickly and easily.
Join me in being more grateful!