We sometimes forget to be grateful for what we have and tend to want more. A bigger house, a nicer car, a higher salary. We are always chasing after something. As a result, we spend most of our lives feeling stressed, exhausted, and restless. At times, we might even feel bitter. We complain about work, people, and life in general. We are almost never at peace. In order to feel content, we have to learn to appreciate the little things and let go of certain expectations. Here are 12 ways to practice gratitude and live a happier life:
Vow to practice gratitude every day
Start by trying not to complain and criticize for an entire week. Instead, think of something to be grateful for and make it a daily habit. It could be something as simple as having a good cup of coffee!
Replace complaints with gratitude
Train your brain to see good in everything. If you usually vent when you’re stuck in traffic, be thankful that you get to enjoy the music playing on the radio.
Remind yourself that you’ve been through worse
Remember the bad or difficult times that you have experienced before and be grateful for where you are now.
Don’t be too hard on people
Learn to forgive. Don’t be too quick to judge. Have some patience. Other people might be going through worse situations.
Open the door for people. Help a blind man cross the road. Offer to assist your neighbour with the grocery bags. Donate. Being kind will not cost you much, but it will give people a lot of joy.
Make someone’s day
Give the masseuse a tip. Be nice to the receptionist. Give the extra food from your family gathering to the guards. They might mean very little to you, but a lot to some.
Spend time with your loved ones
Don’t be too busy chasing success that you forget those you love and care about. Work will always be there, but people can go at any time.
Look for the positive when you face challenges
If you’re going through a hard time, try to look for the positive. What are the lessons you can learn from it?
Learn to adapt in different situations
Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but we can choose how we want to react to these circumstances. Let go of expectations and learn to roll with the punches.
Stop comparing yourself to others
The grass is not always greener on the other side. Just focus on your own life and goals. The rest doesn’t matter.
Be nice and be sincere about it
Say “thank you” more. Compliment others. Smile at strangers. Say “hello” to your neighbours. If you do it often enough, it will become a habit.
Remember it’s not just about you
When was the last time you called your friends to ask how they’re doing or took your parents out for dinner? Don’t make everything about you. Think bigger than yourself.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.