Day 14: Being Grateful, Practicing Gratitude

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The biggest trend in the mental health world is being grateful, and practicing gratitude regularly. Learning how to be grateful helps us see what we do have and that it is enough, and we just aren't paying attention to what we don't have.

The biggest trend in the mental health world is being grateful, and practicing gratitude regularly. Learning how to be grateful helps us see what we do have and that it is enough, and we just aren’t paying attention to what we don’t have.

Learning how to be grateful is an excellent way to raise your positivity and bring in positive people, situations, and events into your life. Often the act of being grateful seems more challenging to so than it really is, but the powerful consequences of practicing gratitude have a huge impact on mental, emotional and physical health.

One study from 2011, by Joshua A. Rash, M. Kyle Matsuba and Kenneth M. Prkachin, concluded that;

Grateful contemplation can be used to enhance long‐term well‐being.

A book called, “Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward,” mentions how “gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits in one’s life.” Learning how to be grateful is a process of being grateful, practicing gratitude through expression, and appreciating what is, rather than what might be.

The Plan: Being Grateful

The first step in learning how to be grateful is taking stock on what your life has that makes you feel blessed, than taking the time to speak, write, or complete an action that leads to practicing gratitude.

Take out your journal or open a blank text file on your computer.

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  • Write the date at the top
  • Write the quote I am sharing below
  • Write down 5 things (or more) that you are grateful for and why
  • Write a list of 3 people you love (or more) that you are grateful for and why
  • Write 3 people who you don’t care for (or more) that you are grateful for and why
  • Write down 3 things about yourself that you are grateful for

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote comes from the influential author of, “The Secret This is an affiliate link,” Rhonda Byrne This is an affiliate link.

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After writing the quote and all the pieces of the journal entry for today, write how you can use this quote in your quest being grateful and learning to be grateful regularly.

An Extra Resource for Practicing Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is so powerful, and these Ted Talks will help you to understand and learn how to be grateful and how being grateful will make you happy.

Want to be Happy? Be Grateful – by David Steindl-Rast
Remember to Say Thank You – by Laura Trice

My Story of Learning How to be Grateful

I used to think that I had very little to be grateful for in my life. The fact was, I was too busy surviving to pay tribute to all the people who stood by me, all the situations that worked out for me, all the therapists who tolerated and enjoyed me, all the new and old connections I made, and my beautiful boys.

Being grateful and practicing gratitude was not as easy as I thought it would be. Many times I wanted to say thank you but I felt like I couldn’t because it would mean that if the person didn’t think I meant it, they would think less of me. I cared entirely too much about what others would think if I didn’t say thank you the right way or properly acknowledge the gestures in a formidable way.

I learned how to be grateful through practice. I made it a ritual to be involved in practicing gratitude when I wake up and when I go to bed. It has helped me to stay focused on what I do have to be thankful for in my life, so I don’t keep seeking what isn’t meant for me.

A Quick Exercise for Being Grateful

The best quick exercise for learning how to be grateful is to perform a mindful meditation before bed, then write in a journal all the things you were grateful for during the day that just passed. Here is an awesome meditation video for gratitude.

Here are some awesome Gratitude Journals from Amazon that I thought you might love.

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Niki Maria

Niki Maria

I am a mental health warrior living with Bipolar Disorder. I practice and teach yoga and music meditations like Kirtan and Chakradance. I love to meet new people and I love to break stigmas about bipolar and mental health disorders. I am currently studying to become a Neuropsychologist.

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