In every language, there is a word for “thank you.”
“Thank you” was probably one of the first things you learned to say. And, hopefully, you say it daily to your neighbors and friends. But “thank you” is so much more than good manners.
By: Ajableu Oldham
Practicing gratitude is a gateway to joy and authenticity.
It’s true. Researchers at UC Davis and The University of Miami found that writing about gratitude for ten weeks or more made study participants feel more optimistic and better about their lives. They even exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation!
True gratitude is an emotion that arises authentically from within. However, it is not just an emotional response, it is also a choice you and I make every day.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
For me, I choose to practice gratitude because it helps to keep my heart open and my mind aware. Gratitude forces me to see and acknowledge all of the things that are important to me, big and small.
When I practice gratitude, I have to stop and open myself up to receive and accept what the universe has to offer.
I think that’s why gratitude is the pathway to joy. Practicing gratitude helps to open your heart to more. People at work or in your family will take notice when you acknowledge their time and their attention. It’s quite simple.
Keeping a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to remind yourself of what you’re thankful for.
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4 Tips To Keeping A Grateful Mindset
Below are steps to keeping a grateful mindset without a physical journal. You can keep a physical gratitude journal, if you wish. However, I have kept journals in the past and found keeping them a bit of a chore. Build the habit how ever you prefer; just keep in mind the large, wonderful things and the simple, precious things.
Choose a journal that really speaks to you.
It can be paper or digital, though the act of writing helps to commit thoughts to memory, therefore allowing you to internalize your thank yous. I like to keep a thank you note in my planner, and hold on to mementos.
You can read about bliss writing here.
Remember to say “thank you” for the little things.
For me, it’s regular thoughts as simple as, “I’m so thankful that I’m able to be alive today and drive to work in a Toyota, rather than a horse-and-buggy.” Or, “I’m so thankful that I can walk to work and don’t have a long commute.” It helps to lighten my frame of mind, and keep me positive.
Don’t forget to be grateful to yourself! Find out why self-love is the best way to show gratitude.
Cherish your colleagues and friends.
In Los Angeles, where I live, there is a strange habit – many people don’t say thank you. I don’t understand it. You should always say “thank you,” to a waiter or your boss. And truly consider when someone takes time out of their day for you. Offer a dollar to the barista, if they do good by you. Saying thank you is giving love.
Accept small compliments.
Keep your heart and mind open when someone compliments your talents and uniqueness. Don’t bash it down. Accept it and say “thank you”.
Want more on gratitude? Check out 8 ways to show more gratitude in your relationships.
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