How to practice Gratitude

People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, express more compassion, feel more lively and have an overall improved wellness. Gratitude does not need to be practised for major events either -  you can be grateful and thankful for something as simple a warm bed at night or a smile from a passing stranger. Below are a few methods to actively practice gratitude:

Gratitude Journalling - Actively and consciously writing down what we are grateful for shifts the way we perceive situations by adjusting your focus. Although you may always be thankful for your amazing friends, just writing "I'm grateful for my friends" day after day doesn't keep you on alert for new moments of graciousness. Detail what you're thankful for. Perhaps opt for "today Stephanie sent me a heartwarming message in a moment I was very upset".

Change it up - If journalling isn't your style, you can always note down fleeting moments on smaller pieces of paper, and put them in a jar. That way if you ever need a reminder, reality check or something to make you smile, you know where exactly to turn to!

Set your intentions - Whether it may be writing a letter of gratitude to someone special, setting grateful intentions with your crystals or quoting three things each morning upon rising that you are grateful for, set it as part of your routine. Routinely practice your grateful intentions and adopt it as apart of your daily routine. Find what works for you, and stick with it.