Usually, Thanksgiving is the time of year most people start thinking about things they’re grateful for. This is great, but too often, those grateful thoughts quickly get lost in the stress of the winter holiday season.
Studies have shown that an attitude of gratitude can reduce stress and increase happiness. So if this sounds like something you need in your life (and who doesn’t?), check out these ideas for cultivating an attitude of gratitude all year long.
We love podcasts! If you spend a lot of time in your car, they can help pass the time and help you be more grateful.
On this weekly podcast, Gretchen and her sister talk about good happiness habits with a good dose of humor. Think of it as Car Talk, but for your attitude.
Host Georgina Benta hopes to inspire people who find gratitude difficult. For most people, choosing to be grateful is a conscious effort, and this podcast aims to help you find it when things don’t seem to be going your way.
First Responders, Military (both active and injured/retired), and Caregivers sacrifice a lot. But, unfortunately, it’s often unseen and unacknowledged. Through Operation Gratitude, you can express your thanks to them in a letter. Plus, sharing your gratitude increases your own happiness, too! There’s also an option to help through AmazonSmile.
JOLT stands for Just One Little Thing. This active Facebook community helps everyone find one small thing to be thankful for each day. Like anything, one small step follows another and eventually leads to significant change.
Start a Gratitude Journal
There are lots of ways to start a gratitude journal. We like the ideas here, but at its most basic, all you need is a journal you like and a writing tool. The idea is to record things you’re grateful for daily. Then, in reflecting on them, your perspective shifts, and you become happier.
Which of these gratitude practices will you add to your life?