To be more grateful in life does not necessarily mean to say ‘thank you’ all the time. It means that you appreciate those little things that people do for you, it means allowing yourself to be happier, and it also means to be more content and satisfied with things that surround you.
I have found many ways to be a little more grateful everyday, and I wanted to share 10 tips I have found that have helped me bring a smile to my partner, my parents, my sisters and friends… and myself.
1. Learn to live the moment
Life is a wonderful adventure filled with enriching experiences and endless possibilities. Don’t just go through the motions of repetitive activities and boring tasks. No! Being a mindless zombie can make you more likely to take things for granted. Instead of doing something just for the sake of doing it, actually make an effort to savour the experience. You’re supposed to attend a conference? Absorb it. Babysit your niece? Savour the moment. Eat a 15 minute lunch? Taste each bite.
2. Submerge yourself in inspirational quotes
Your feeling of gratitude is a direct manifestation of your environment. If you feel more driven, more passionate, and more alive, you are also bound to appreciate more, live more, and be more content.
3. Control your thoughts
Of course you have the power to control what you’re thinking of! Consider this exercise, for example: if you find yourself thinking more and more self-entitled, stop. I know it’s easy to say, but – onto the next point – if you compare yourself to others, stop that too. You are given consciousness, so make use of it wisely.
4. Resist the temptation to compare yourself to others
As humans, we have the natural tendency to compare ourselves with others with the hope of attaining satisfaction. Right now, I’m telling you that this activity does not help at all. I should listen to my own advice, as I tend to do this myself, but this does not help to be more grateful in life. It actually does the opposite! You will always find people that are more successful, more beautiful, more well off, and more intelligent. But hey, that’s life! Comparison will only rob you off your self-esteem and self-worth, and make you feel inferior to others. Avoid this one as much as possible!
5. Watch your words
You can also feel more positive in life if you start using more positive words. I know it sounds obvious, but think about it: the more you use enlightening words, the better. Stressful words will make you feel stressed, and negative words will make you feel worthless. So divert from using these in your every day language, and I can assure that this will make a difference.
Ultimately, what I’m trying to say is that we should focus more on people and experiences, think of words and actions that we can take everyday, rather than materialistic stuff that doesn’t necessarily last very long or make us very happy. The happiest people are those who are content with what they currently have, not with what they lack. Apply an abundance mindset in your way of thinking, every day, and you will see a difference. Every action begins with the mind, doesn’t it?