3 Ways To Increase Your Daily Gratitude Quotient
From a young age I always dreamed of the freedom and flexibility that comes along with owning your own business, and since I’ve been able to live that dream for much of my adult life I have a great deal to be thankful for. Not only is gratitude a naturally occuring feeling, but it’s also and habit that we can engage in on a regular basis. Studies show that people who take part in a regular gratitude practice are physically healthier that those who do not. According to one study, gratitude practice can reduce inflammation and promote a healthier heart rhythm. And if that isn’t reason enough to get started, practicing gratitude can actually make you happier. Here are a couple of easy ways to introduce a gratitude practice into your everyday life.
Start A Gratitude Journal
Each morning as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, set aside some time to jot down five to ten things you’re thankful for. These can be things you’re anticipating in the day to come (“We’re going to my favorite restaurant this evening.”) or things you’re grateful for from the day before (“I got lots of sleep last night and am feel rested this morning”). Starting your day off by recognizing the great things in your life will set the tone for how you feel through the rest of your day. And maintaining a gratitude journal should not require a huge investment of time or money. All you need is 5 minutes (if you can’t find five minutes in your whole morning we need to talk), and a simple lined notebook. And while you’re at it, make sure you date each entry so you can look back and remember all the wonderful things you had to be grateful for in the last year.
Give Thanks Before Meals
Many families already do this without even realizing the benefits. As you sit your family down for dinner (whether it’s just you and your spouse, or a full table) invite each person to go around and mention one thing they’re thankful for from their day. Some days you may only think of one word to share, and other days you or your family members may tell whole stories of gratitude. Moments like these sprinkled throughout your day will help remind you and the people you love most how much there is to be thankful for in your lives.
Be Thankful As You Fall Asleep
Tonight, instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, think through a list of all of the things you are grateful for in your life. Rather than let your mind scan through all of the stresses in your day and all the deadlines coming up tomorrow, fall asleep with good thoughts and sweet dreams. This small habit change will help you to wake up feeling positive and grateful in the morning.
As with any habit, it’s often very helpful to associate the behavior you want to commit to with your daily routine. If these gratitude practices don’t work for you, all you need to do is find five minutes in your day to think of the many blessings in your life. If you’re looking for more inspiration as you embark on this next year of running your own business, contact me today. It would be my pleasure to help you.