Gratitude is not just a simple emotional response, it is closely linked to joy of life and empathy. We introduce you to four small gratitude rituals for every day.
The Gratitude Meditation
One way to develop more gratitude is during meditation. Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Imagine a person, a special situation or an object in your life for which you are particularly grateful. Concentrate on as many details as possible. Whether it’s your fulfilling job, your understanding partner, or just your home. The beauty of this exercise is that you can do it anytime, anywhere without taking a lot of time. A little tip: Do this exercise right after you wake up in the morning. So you can start the day with a positive feeling.
The Gratitude Journal
A ritual that is especially good for the evening is writing a gratitude journal. Each night, start by listing at least three things you were grateful for that day. An advantage is that you can read these notes over and over again. Especially in times when you’re not doing so well, your journal can help you not to forget the positive things.
The Gratitude Letter
When was the last time you expressed your deep gratitude to someone? There are bound to be people in your life who have been by your side for a long time, through good times and bad. Or someone who did you a favor. Sometimes we find it difficult to show our appreciation to others. Perhaps we lack the right words or the courage. In this case, it can be easier for us to communicate our own gratitude in the form of a letter. And in times of digital communication, who wouldn’t be happy about a loving, handwritten letter?
When was the last time you said “thank you” to yourself? Perhaps you’re now asking yourself what you should actually be thankful for, because sometimes life just doesn’t play along. In such moments, consciously get out of your lack awareness and call yourself in Memory to be proud of. Are there any habits that you have already successfully established? Have you been able to listen more to your needs or make time for yourself lately? It’s not about great achievements, it’s enough , to just be and to be aware that right now there are millions of little cells working for you and your body.A true miracle, isn’t it?
There are many ways to practice gratitude. Even if it seems a little strange to you at first, you can think of your gratitude like a plant that you have to water regularly in order for it to grow. So you’ll soon find that Francis Bacon was right when he said: It’s not the lucky who are grateful. It is the grateful who are happy.