The Art of Practicing Gratitude
Updated: Jan 1
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. ~ Melody Beattie
What are you grateful for?
It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind especially when you're a woman in business, and someone who juggles a multitude of endeavors on a regular basis. We march on through trials and tribulations, thanking God for another day, another year, a new season or whatever else we find praise worthy at the moment. But when's the last time you stopped to smell the roses? When's the last time you sat still with intention and practiced gratitude? If you're not doing this daily, you're missing out on something great.
There is indeed an art of practicing gratitude but it need not be merely another chore to add to your plethora of to-dos. It's simply time to reflect on your accomplishments, your blessings how great you are, and last but certainly not least, how good God has been to you! The other night I felt a burst of excitement. I caught myself thinking of how wonderful my 2020 has been and how fortunate I am to have continued to soar even when the world around me seemed to be drowning. I put on some soothing sounds and sat quietly in my bed praising and thanking God until I could hear my words out loud. What a beautiful feeling when we remind ourselves just how far we've come and bask in the glory. I encourage you to practice gratitude daily. Below I'll share some tips and resources on how to make this an enjoyable (and easy) experience.
"The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see." ~Mary Davis
There's An App For That
I want you to have an enjoyable and easy experience but you'll also need to make a commitment and be consistent. The Gratitude app is available on IOS and Android devices and includes all the features you need to practice gratitude including prompts, challenges and timed reminders. This app also has a new vision board feature to "quickly create beautiful vision boards that go with you everywhere using the Gratitude app." Pritesh, maker of the Gratitude app shares her stories and provides you with tips for a successful experience. You can locate this information under the "Daily Zen" tab at the bottom of the screen and then clicking the book icon at the top right of the screen. Learn how to start Gratitude Journaling, effectively use the Gratitude app, how to use affirmations and more.
Set The Mood
Practicing gratitude should be and exercise that doesn't leave you feeling exhausted but rather the complete opposite. It should leave you feeling energized, excited, and full. You can set moments aside anytime of day you like just be sure to make a ritual out of it. Get in your zone, zen mode, relax, inhale, exhale. The best time of day is either morning before diving into all your daily activities or in the evening which I prefer because of the calm and quiet of the world. Whenever you decide, it should be a time where you will not be disturbed and can be in a peaceful environment that nurtures the gratitude emotions.
Life Changing Habits
Do you spend time examining your mood? I mean really carving the time out to think about what you're feeling, why you're feeling a type of way, and the impact it has on your actions. Practicing gratitude with a tool such as a gratitude app or journal will prompt you focus on your thoughts and how they're making life either more difficult or more satisfying. It'll help train your mind to recognize and celebrate your wins instead of falling into a cycle of negative and self-defeating thoughts and actions. Couple this with a visualization activity such as a vision board and you'll be well on your way to living a more fulfilling, meaningful and satisfying life. Let this new year be a year where you win with gratitude!
Photos: Gratitude app
Your turn. Keep Good Going...
Now it's your turn. If you found the information in this article valuable be sure to share it with your friends and loved ones for you never know whom you may inspire with just one simple act of kindness.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ~Socrates
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About the Author
Lovisa Woodson II is a proud lover of humanity and is always looking for ways to add value to the lives of others. Her mission is to live her best life so she may teach others to do the same. She encourages us all to seek fulfillment over happiness and to always seize opportunities to be a blessing to others. Lovisa works primarily as a licensed life insurance agent who encourages wealth creation in the Black Community and helps women entrepreneurs achieve greater financial success.