The dictionary defines gratitude as: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In what it often perceived as a dog-eat-dog world, experiencing thankfulness and showing kindness are powerful ways to counteract this cold concept. We here at GenZe are so into having gratitude be part of our daily lives that we have put together a list of ways for you to start incorporating gratitude into your life – easily!
Write A Gratitude List
The easiest way to start incorporating gratitude into your life is to simply sit down and write a list of things that you are thankful for every day. Sure, it sounds a little silly, but they let you to see how rich your life is and the list can incorporate anything! Your health, your dog, your friends, your e-scooter or e-bike, your home, your job, your perfect teeth… The list goes on and on. Your lists might be short at first, but with time, they will get longer as you train your brain to automatically notice and catalog the things you are grateful for.
Say “Thank you” To People
Remember growing up how your mom was always reminding you to say “thank you”? Turns out she was right – again. Practicing gratitude begins and ends with articulating thankfulness to people who are helping you out, be it the person ringing you up to your friend handing you a napkin. Sure, it might seem like a small thing, but they add up, and showing appreciation never goes out of style.
Choose Who You Spend Time With
We are all familiar with old saying: “quality over quantity.” This tenant is sacred to the practice to incorporating gratitude in your life. It goes without saying, we are all busy people, so our free time is limited. Make the most of it by spending time with friends and family who are uplifting. Their good energy will rub – we promise!
Spend Time Outdoors
In this modern age, it’s unfortunate how often people don’t take time to be in nature. You don’t need to drop off the grid but put a little time aside every week to walk on the beach, lie in the grass, or go on a hike. Spending even just an hour in nature is calming and provides an excellent opportunity to breath deep and take in what a beautiful world we live in.
Practicing gratitude has been found to boost your mood and provide greater sense of well-being. To put it simply, gratitude is good medicine for you and those around you. So take the plunge and don’t be surprised if things suddenly get sunnier.