5 Tips for Daily Gratitude
Guest post by Julie Boyer
What does a life built on a foundation of daily gratitude really look like? For me, it’s about being grateful for every single moment of the day; the good, the bad and the downright scary. Just over two years ago, I wrote the book 30 Days of Gratitude. This book was a culmination of my experience with daily gratitude and how my habits helped to deal with the trauma of a miscarriage at 15 weeks gestation in January of 2013. Little did I know that my habits would once again be an integral part of my recovery from a second miscarriage this past December of 2014, when I unexpectedly developed a life-threatening bacterial infection that caused me to become septic. I was hospitalized and sedated for a week in order for my body to heal. And thankfully, I did.
When I was awakened, although I still had a long road to recovery, I found ways to be grateful every single day. My husband and young daughter have also found ways to be grateful in the face of a very scary experience. I now realize that my journey to living daily gratitude only really began after I wrote the book two years ago. I have found that I am continuing to thrive after this life-changing experience and am even more driven to share my message of living daily gratitude around the globe. I truly believe that ‘if everyone were to wake up and simply say thank-you, our world would change overnight’. Here are my best tips on incorporating gratitude into your life, starting today.
5 Tips for Incorporating Daily Gratitude into Your Life
- Wake up and say Thank You! What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning? Grateful to be alive or dreading another day? Focus on one good thing (hey, I woke up!) and you’ll change the tone for your entire day.
- Write down three specific things you are grateful for today, before bed. A gratitude journal is easy to do and easy not to do. But the benefits of actually doing it far outweigh the time it takes to write out three things. Start tonight. Find an old journal or even a notepad and a pen or pencil. Place it on your bedside table and take five minutes before you go to sleep to express your gratitude in writing.
- When faced with a challenge, stop and ask yourself, what am I grateful for right now? Gratitude grounds us in the present. It is the fastest way to reduce stress and calm ourselves down. By focusing what you have to be grateful for right now, it creates the clarity needed to deal with a challenging situation.
- Every time you pass a mirror, give thanks to your body for being miraculous. It is so easy to forget how truly amazing our bodies are. There are thousands of processes happening every single moment of the day, which we have no control over, but are essential to keep us alive. Isn’t that amazing?
- Use prayer or meditation to give thanks and to create your amazing life. Faith is an important part of living a grateful life. It’s not important who or what you have faith in, simply having an unshakable faith is. Meditation allows us to slow down, breathe and take a mental inventory of all that we have to be grateful for.
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Julie Boyer is passionate about Living Daily Gratitude and inspiring others to do the same. She offers inspiration through her blog at julieboyer.com and with daily gratitude messages sent directly to your inbox. Her book, 30 Days of Gratitude, was released in April 2013 and became an Amazon Bestseller shortly thereafter.