We talked about how practicing gratitude in your life can have an amazing benefit on your mental and physical health in this post.

But actually implementing gratitude practices into your life might be a little more challenging.  Not every suggestion will resonate with every person so we’ve included an list of various ideas that might fit with your personality and your life.  Feel free to pick and choose from this list or come up with your own ideas!

  • Keep a gratitude calendar.  An old fashioned paper calendar is perfect for this.  Each day write down one or two things you are thankful for. When it gets filled up, it’s a great visual reminder of how many things you are grateful for.  There are also lots of smart phone apps that allow you to record items and can even send you a daily reminder to do so.
  • Share gratitude over a meal.  Making a daily practice of going around the dinner table and having each person express one thing he or she is thankful for can lift everyone’s spirits.  After a difficult day, this can be the ideal way to let go of that day.
  • Thank the people that serve you.  Be sure to sincerely thank the people in your life that serve you – you know, the barista that makes your coffee, the cashier at the grocery store, the mailman, or the person that holds the door for you.  A simple thank you can go a long way to the other person to show that they are appreciated.
  • Say thank you to your family members.  Most of the tasks we do around the house are rather mundane and thankless jobs.  Take a moment and thank each family member for doing them.  Nobody likes taking out the trash but everyone likes to be appreciated.
  • Think about things differently.  Most of us don’t like doing laundry or dishes.  Consider that those chores need to be done because you have been blessed with clothing and food.  Being grateful for having the necessities of life puts them in a different perspective.
  • Share something positive on social media.  Had a good experience with a local company?  Share it on social media!  Posting a positive, uplifting quote may be the words that someone else needs to see that day.  With all the negativity on social media these days, reading something positive can be very refreshing.
  • Perform a random act of kindness.  This is a great way to show appreciation for all that you have and can really touch someone else’s life and could even have a more far-reaching impact on the world when it gets passed on.

These ideas are only a few of the many things each of us can do to practice gratitude in our daily lives.  What other ways do you practice gratitude in your own life?  Share it with us in the comments below!

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