Today, I’m going to do things a bit differently. Rather than analyze the quote I chose, I give 4 practical steps to cultivate the habit of being grateful. The quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, speaker, and poet. He led the Transcendental movement in mid-19th century according to Wikipedia.
The quote I chose is:
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
So, what are the practical ways we can cultivate the habit of being grateful? I know we are all busy, and it is not easy to exercise gratitude on a daily basis. I’ve found ways to help me focus on gratitude. Cultivating gratitude is a choice I need to make every day, or I will miss all the special moments in my life.
Why cultivate gratitude? Consciously practicing gratitude lifts my mood, helps me stay more positive, enhances my creativity and makes me feel fulfilled. I think it also helps me sleep. Here are 4 habits I follow:
- Journal daily. I begin my days with journaling. At the start of each day, I jot down what I am grateful for, even if it’s just a few things. If I don’t journal in the morning, I do so at night. I journal 5 things that I am grateful for even on the difficult days.
- Create a gratitude message board. I start with an empty message board, reguIarly post things I am grateful for. It includes cards from people, things I’ve read that resonate with me, any expression of love from my family and friends artwork, poems, all the good things in my life. In December, I take everything down from my message board and put it in a labeled folder or file on my computer.
- Practice family gratitude. One of our habits is expressing dinner time feelings of gratitude and sharing with each other. It is a way to review our day and to even express gratitude for the difficult things. This is a good role model and practice for children.
- Use a gratitude reminder. I use a “gratitude” rock which is a small stone that I carry in my pocket. Each time throughout the day as I touch the rock in my pocket, I am reminded to give thanks for what is happening at that time.
These are some easy ways I cultivate gratitude daily. Practicing gratitude helps me keep a positive attitude and helps me to consciously see and feel all of the magic around me. I hope some of these gratitude reminders encourage you to create your own ways of celebrating the wonderful magical moments in your life.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
My gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for:
- My gratitude journal.
- That my H.P. (God) leads me to show gratitude for everything.
- That I am grateful all circumstances and people in my life.
- My daily habit of gratefulness around the dinner table.
- My gratitude rock or stone as a reminder of gratitude.
I pray that you learn to cultivate the habit of a thankful heart.
In two days we will complete this challenge of “Attitude for Gratitude.” Please comment on any thoughts that you have for the next challenge. Your input and participation are important to me. Thank you…Susan