Learning to be grateful, even in the face of obstacles and setbacks, requires work. The more you practice thankfulness, the easier it becomes. Don't do it only once a year at Thanksgiving. Here are some ways to express gratitude every day of the year.
1. Stop Complaining
You can't really start being more grateful until you stop complaining. The more you find to complain about, the less you see what there is to be grateful for. Take up the challenge to not complain for 30 days. It's going to be hard in the beginning, but as the days go by, something will shift in your outlook. You'll start to replace the urge to complain with something to be thankful for.
2. Appreciate Little Things
If your boss rewards you with a big bonus or you win a trip overseas, it's easy to jump up and down with joy. We tend to overlook the small things. Life is full of amazing moments, like a beautiful sunset, a peaceful walk on the beach, the birds tweeting in your garden — little things we miss or take for granted. Sometimes, we are simply not aware of things, like protection and guidance from our angels and spirit guides. Go for an angel card reading. It will help you be thankful for the unseen guiding forces in your life.
3. Write It Down
Start a gratitude journal and write down all the good things that happen daily. Writing thoughts down on paper has a way of putting things into perspective. You will be amazed at how, even on the rough days, there is something to be grateful for. It could be receiving a loving text from your significant other, sharing a laugh with a co-worker, or hearing your dog's joyful greeting when you get home from work. No matter how bad your day is, find the silver lining.
4. Give Compliments and Express Thanks
All of us need to hear a compliment from time to time. Express your appreciation to those around you, even strangers. It will make their day. If the guy you buy your morning coffee from is always smiling and friendly, tell him how much you appreciate his cheerfulness. Find ways to compliment your co-workers, thank your friends for their support, and tell your family you love them.
5. Share What You Have With Others
Once you realize how many blessings you have, try to pay it forward. The saying "there's always someone worse off" is true. The best way to discover this is to spend time with those less fortunate. The benefits here are twofold: You'll realize you have a lot to be grateful for and you'll be able to do things for others who will be so thankful for the help. Make donations to or volunteer your time at a charity. Visit a psychic for insight into where to best to focus your energies.
The fastest path to happiness is developing an attitude of thankfulness. It's also proven to boost the immune system and our overall well-being. Becoming more thankful doesn't happen overnight, but with practice, it will become second nature.