5 ways to be more grateful and change your outlook
It’s a fact, living a life full of gratitude can impact many aspects of your health. By focusing on being grateful on what you do have and sharing gratitude with others, you may be able to live a longer, healthier life. In fact, studies have shown that gratitude can make you a happier more optimistic person and can even support a healthy immune system.
However, many of us are living a fast-paced lifestyle, high in chronic stress, which have left us lacking gratitude. By shifting our outlook, we can embrace gratitude and live an overall happier, healthier life.
Start Your day with a Gratitude Journal
The first step to embracing gratitude is by starting your day with gratitude. Using a journal to put down in words how you’re feeling can be therapeutic. Try using a gratitude journal to write things you are grateful for before you even start your day. In the evenings, if you’re feeling upset about something, you can also use your journal to write down how you’re feeling.
Be More Present
Take some time to slow down your thoughts. Shift your focus on what’s happening in the present moment and not future worries. Instead of wishing how things could have been, or wishing for things in the future, focus on what’s in front of you. Be grateful for the present moment.
Shift Your Point of View
When you find yourself in a negative mindset, perhaps complaining about something, shift your focus to others. Remember that there may be other less fortunate people who may not be as lucky as you. It’s easy to get stuck in your own routine and forget that there is a world much bigger than ourselves.
Learn About Other Cultures
Likewise, take a step outside your bubble and make time to learn about others. Take time to visit areas in your own city of different cultures. If you have the means, travel to different countries. By learning about others, you may become more open minded and think about life differently. Things that we may take for granted in our own country may be a luxury in others.
Replace Complaints With Gratitude
Anytime you find yourself complaining about something, replace it with a thought of appreciation. Instead of wishing things were different, be thankful for what you do have. Shift your energy to showing gratitude for the blessings you have had in life and you’ll find that you may be grateful for more than you know.
Start focusing on gratitude now – especially during the holidays. Instead of wishing for gifts, for someone’s attention, or worrying about holiday parties, focus on gratitude. Focus on sharing with others and giving your time to others by being present. You can always share your thoughts and experiences on our Random Acts of Kindness Group where we focus on giving and sharing kindness to ourselves and others.