How to Take Action and Choose Gratitude
If you struggle to find the positive things in your life and something to be grateful for, try to stimulate your mind by listening to a podcast or perhaps a video of someone else showing gratitude.
A great example of this is Will Smith. He is known as someone who is not only grateful but also someone who is extremely positive and always faces a challenge with a smile.
To choose gratitude we need to practice this skill. Whether that is writing it down in a journal or on a notepad in your phone, or even just taking five minutes to think in your head what you were grateful for that day.
Gratitude begins with action. It takes conscious effort to be grateful but just like any skill you acquire, it not only becomes stronger over time, it also becomes effortless as it becomes a habit in your daily routine.
When you begin to change the lens you use to view the world and you come from a place of gratitude, you begin to see things differently. Here are my five ways to practice gratitude:
1. Set time aside each day to make a list of what you are thankful for. Start with the tiniest details, and write down even just one thing. On days when you’re feeling empty – or just wanting an excuse to smile – go back and read some of your lists.
2. Tell other people “thank you” when they do something kind for you, no matter how small the deed.
3. Don’t allow other people’s bitterness or negativity, or any other outward circumstance to influence your inner peace. Look for the best in everyone and believe and say the best about them.
4. Anger, disappointment, failure, and frustration are parts of life, but don’t let them become your default emotions. Don’t be complacent and resign yourself to victimhood. Choosing to live from a place of gratitude brings peace.
5. Build gratitude around you with small, daily, unexpected acts of love, compassion, grace, and forgiveness.
At this very moment, as you read this, I am grateful for you.