How to practice Gratitude
How to practice gratitude? That’s what I asked myself a few years back, because I saw tons of people online just being happy and content with their life. I read a lot about it and practice these things I tell you in this post myself. If you start doing these things your life will change.
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Get rid of negative people online and offline
You probably have at least one person that you are close to that makes you feel bad or negative. Get rid of people like this in you life, do less with them. Also unfollow all the people online that make you feel anything besides positive feelings. Yes, you can unfollow friends that you don’t want to see daily in your feed. Most of them don’t care or you can describe it to them beforehand…and if they get butthurt over something like this you should rethink that friendship too. A friend should want nothing but good feelings for you. And also follow people who lighten up your day and give you positive reminders. I´m @rayowag on all platforms if you want some personal growth on your timeline (and rants about equality lol).
Analyze which negative thoughts you think
Most of us have recurring thoughts that make us feel bad constantly. Perfectionism, self-doubt, not finding peace with your past and people who you can’t help. There are a lot of things that could be your problem and finding them might take you a few weeks. I know that my problem in the past and sometimes even now is being okay with the past and concentrating on what is now. For you it might be self-hate or self-doubt.
Acknowledge every negative thought
Whenever you get a thought that is negative you should acknowledge it and learn from it. That makes you realize how much you actually think negative. It’s not always about the big negative thoughts. Sometimes we get mad or upset about little thinks like a bottle not opening and acknowledging that you are a big over the top with you thoughts will help you be neutral in situations like that.
Train yourself to turn the negative into a positive
Now you analyzed and acknowledged everything about the way you think and how to makes you a negative person a lot of times. The next step is to find a positive thought for everything negative that you usually think. You might not be able to change things, but you can find something good in them. I even learned to see something positive in the death of my grandma…it made me grow as a person. See? Everything can have something positive in it that you can be thankful for.
Write down 5 things you’re grateful for
Of course it would be easy to get off track with gratitude if you don’t make it a habit. The best way to stay positive is to write down 5 things you’re grateful for every morning and evening. Always find something you didn’t already right down in the last weeks and read through it after writing it down. You will feel a sense of freedom reading through it. Incorporate it into your routines. After eating breakfast and before brushing your teeth in the evening for example.
Get into meditation and affirmations
You can only be positive if you aren’t stressed out in my opinion. That’s why I will recommend meditation to everyone. I personally combine meditation with affirmation where I meditate and think affirmations like “I will reach my goals” with every breath I take. Every person can have completely different affirmations and they can be very specific to your situation and that’s why I love it so much. I will also talk about meditation and affirmation in my upcoming e-book about self-care. If you want to be notified when it comes out you can sign up for my newsletter down below and also get access to a freebie library with a lot of printables and mini ebooks.
Read books that change your life
I feel like self-help books are better than most people expect them to be. I read a lot of self-help books in the last 3 years and I learned something new from all of them. That’s why I want to give you my recommendations for what to read:
- The Magic by Rhonda Byrne (is literally completely about Gratitude)
- The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson (blew my mind in many ways)
- Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (this is about building the right routines)
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (it’s about creativity and how to deal with it)
- Getting things done by David Allen (it’s about…getting things done)
I also have a blog post with my 5 favorite self-help books where I go a bit more in-depth about some of them.
And those are my tips on how to practice gratitude in your day-to-day life. I hope you will find your inner peace with my tips and I’m sure you will notice a difference. Sometimes you will fall out of it, but get back into the practice after a while.
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