Gratitude exercises are a great way to help bring happiness and fulfillment to your life. When you’re happy and fulfilled, it’s easier to find meaning or purpose in your life.
When was the last time you felt that you were living your life to the fullest? Are you desperately trying to figure out how to? If so, you’re not alone.
Regardless of what is going on in your life – business, career, life or relationship – it’s crucial to develop habits that encourage happiness and instill a sense of fulfillment in life. Cultivating gratitude is one way to accomplish this.
Performing gratitude exercises on a regular basis help you readily adapt to the constant changes in life. For most people, following a routine is fundamental to achieving happiness and fulfillment in the long run. Forming new habits is not easy, but as long as you maintain consistency, you’ll eventually succeed.
If you look around, you’ll notice that happy and successful people follow consistent patterns. They practice daily habits that keep them motivated and lead to high levels of productivity, happiness and fulfillment. This is true when it comes to developing gratitude rituals as well.
So, what are some things you can do to encourage the gratitude habit in your life? Below are five essential gratitude exercises will help you effortlessly achieve happiness and fulfillment in life.
List Your Joy
Make a list of things that bring you joy in life – big or small. It doesn’t matter how insignificant it may seem. You can use a simple notebook OR get more creative and make a gratitude jar to add your gratitude notes each day. Some days may be more difficult than others, but try to find something each day. At the end of the month, take time to read over everything (from your list or your gratitude jar) that brought you pleasure that month.
Journal Your Way to Gratitude
Gratitude journals are an excellent tool for writing down your thoughts to help process your emotions. Choose one thing from your gratitude list and expand on it—think about why you’re grateful for it, what memories it evokes, etc.
Make journaling a part of your daily routine, or journal a few days each week. You don’t want it to feel like a chore if you’re not a big fan of journaling or writing. If you DON’T necessarily enjoy writing, try drawing or cutting out a picture to add to your journal. Then write a few sentences to describe the image and why it you’re grateful or why and/or how it brings you. A gratitude journal is an excellent way to emphasize something positive and expand your gratitude.
Seek Joy Despite the Challenges
Ever notice how kids find joy in just “being?” The simplest things are enough to put a joy-filled smile on a child’s face. Take your cue from the kids and keep it simple. When you’re having a hard time, focus on the simple things in practicing gratitude. Practicing gratitude in the midst of adversity helps keep you on an even keel.
Life is HARD! Many of us are experiencing some sort of difficulty or another, especially now. While practicing gratitude when you are struggling doesn’t make the problem go away, it does mean you actively choose joy in the midst of distress. By doing so, you gain control of your thoughts and feelings.
Express your Gratitude Out Loud
Instead of writing a gratitude list, you may choose to express your gratitude out loud. Gratitude affirmations are a good way to express your gratitude out loud. Consider releasing them from your body and, as you do, sit in silence and pay attention to your thoughts and feelings.
Express your Gratitude Socially
Use social media to spread gratitude and positivity. Post something you’re grateful for in your stories, reels, or videos each day. Send a message to encourage someone you see struggling. Create a hashtag and encourage others to participate as well!
BONUS: Go out and experience nature
Nature is a powerful healing force. Being outside and surrounded by nature provides space for mindfulness. Escaping from screens, work, and other day-to-day monotony provides room to consider more meaningful things. Unplug and live. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh air as you count your blessings.