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How to Practice Gratitude


Gratitude is a strong emotion that nearly brings tears to our eyes. It seems to be a combination of thankfulness combined with pure joy. When we learn to practice gratitude in our everyday lives, we tend to be more positive and happier with what we have in life. If you are struggling with ways to practice gratitude, then read on to learn some easy ways you can practice gratitude every day.


Start a Gratitude Journal
Have a journal where you write down something you are grateful for each day. This can be written in at the end of the night or the start of your day. If you are struggling with a bad day, try to really focus on something small that made you feel grateful today.

Notice Beauty
Take time each day to witness the beauty that surrounds you in the world. This could be anything from nature, the stars in the night sky, or your family that unconditionally loves you every day. There is so much beauty in life, to behold, start to notice it more often.


Call Family
Make it a special task that you call family on a regular basis. Maybe you have a parent who loves hearing from you, start calling them on a regular basis to tell them how much you appreciate all they have done for you and who they are as a person.

Practice Non-Judgement
Refrain from judging another human being regardless of the situation. Taking time to step back and realize that not everyone is living life the way you see fit allows you to practice gratitude towards others living differently than yourself. When you start to use empathy and compassion, you will be most grateful.


One Day No Complaints
Set one day per week the day where you are not complaining about anything. This day is strictly for positive statements or simply saying nothing at all. Do not dare utter one complaint on this day and commit to this as a means to show gratitude.

Live Mindfully
Let go of the past and the future, learn to live in this moment right now. You will be more grateful if you can simply live mindfully and have your eyes set on today. The beauty of the day will pass you by if you focus too much on other days.


Give Compliments
Start complimenting others for their service provided or tasks they have done, or just a job well done in their line of work. Giving compliments is a great way to show gratitude to others and live a life full of gratefulness.

Focus on Friendships
Let go of those who have left your side along the years and really focus on the friendships you have in your current life. Show them that you are grateful for them by hosting a little barbecue gathering where you all share memories of grateful moments together.


End the Day Grateful
As you and your family sit down to dinner each night together, start sharing something each of you is grateful for today. This is a great way to practice gratitude and bring your family together in a peaceful mindset over your end of day meal.

Let's discuss: How do you practice gratitude?

Annmarie John
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  1. It's funny how you have to choose things - like love and gratitude, and that they don't necessarily just come easily. Life can be hard that way sometimes. I LOVE seeing the beauty. Luckily my job allows me that all the time.

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    1. They really don't and life can be hard that way. It's good that you see the beauty in things that easily. I still struggle with that.

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  2. My mother taught me gratitude and I'm glad she did. It's life-changing and makes a difference in your everyday interactions with people.

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  3. Gratitude is an important lesson that we should teach our kids. I love these ways that you can practice it. Aside from making others feel appreciated for what they do, being grateful also makes you feel better throughout the day. It's a feeling that makes you see how blessed you truly are no matter what life throws at you.

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    1. You said it perfectly! It does make you see how blessed you are.

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  4. Gratitude is SO important and definitely something all kids should be taught at a young age! Couldn't have said it better!

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    1. Yes it is, maybe that's why we have so much entitled kids growing up, they never learned gratitude.

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  5. I love using a gratitude journal as this has been especially helpful for me, but all of your other ideas were so great. Will have to start incorporating more.

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    1. Glad to hear that you have something working for you.

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  6. All these when done on a habitual basis will make one a grateful and happier person. I practise this on a regular basis and it made me see the brighter side of things easily!

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    1. It's great when you can see the bright side of things and you're not grumpy all the time. Sometimes it's the only way you can be happy.

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  7. How I wish there is one day that everyone in the world could observe "No Complaints" and "Live Mindfully". The world would definitely be so peaceful that day, and hopefully everyone decides to live that way permanently.

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  8. This is such a wonderful post. We should always practice gratitude! Noticing beauty is a great one. I do that every day! It's peaceful too!

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    1. Oh it can be rather peaceful. When you witness the beauty in others and things around you, you don't have time to focus on the negative ugly stuff.

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  9. being grateful is so important and actually should be so basic, and yet we all have seem to forgotten how to do it! great pointers given there, especially about practising non-judgement and living mindfully.

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    1. It is very important but a lot of people don't bother taking the time out to appreciate the little things.

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  10. practise non judgement should be every one is doing right now i guess... I love your list. Gratitude is some thing that i am teaching my too as it let her appreciate things around her

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    1. That's great! You've got to let her appreciate the little things.

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  11. Well, I always being patient, for those who doesn't have gratitude. This is worth reading.

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    1. I'm sure it is but it's good for those who appreciate and have gratitude as well.

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  12. I recently bought a Five Minute Journal to help get myself back into the habit of gratitude and mindfulness. It's not really working, maybe because of the structure, but it has made me miss my old gratitude journal.

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    1. That is great and I myself need a new journal.

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  13. Giving compliments isn't easy. So often than not people don't give compliments. Their concept is 'if I'm not criticizing it's a compliment by itself'. I try my best to compliment people. I have to become better at it..

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    1. No it isn't alway easy but with practice it can become so.

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  14. I'm all about gratitude! I preach this kinda stuff daily to people. If you're thankful for everything you have it opens the doors for more to be thankful for!

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    1. That is so true Courtney but a lot of people don't realize that.

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  15. This is a very interesting post. I teach my kids to be gratitude in every thing they have.

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    1. Sounds like you're doing the best you can already. Now it's up to them to remember gratitude when they grow up.

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  16. Such a beautiful post and a great reminder to practice gratitude anytime. I very much agree that once we learn to practice gratitude in our everyday lives, we become more positive and happier than ever.

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    1. That is very true. I've noticed that the more I'm grateful for the little things, the better things usually are for me.

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  17. This is one of the top values I'm trying to pass on to my kids. I think if you have this as one of your foundations in life, together with love, everything else will follow.

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    1. They do go hand in hand won't it? Love and gratitude is certainly something that we need to teach to our kids.

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  18. Its important that we appreciate everything that we have in life, even the smallest things or effort by others. Always be grateful.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly. Thank you for stopping by Kelly.

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  19. One good trait of us Filipinos is "gratitude" but often times it became a weakness for many and cant move on with their lives. Being too attached on being grateful to someone who helped you

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    1. Sounds like you Filipinos already know how gratitude works and that happens to a lot of people, the co-dependency isn't something you want.

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