The Mindful Soul Center (formerly Conscious Life Space)
Here are four simple Gratitude practices you can do or begin right now to bring more gratitude and joy into your life. Keep reading to get all the details!
Gratitude Practice No. 1: Gathering evidence in a gratitude jar.
You are a detective and solving this puzzle is more fun than you can imagine. Every day for 1 week, 1 month or 1 year (or any set period of time of your choosing) do this exercise. At the end of your day, write down one thing on a small piece of paper that went well for you or something you noticed that made you feel good, or a perceived ‘win’ that you had, you get the idea…any positive experience you had during that day. Fold it and place in a large glass jar or bowl. At the end of the period of time you set, or when you might feel like things aren’t working for you, take some time to sit and read your collection.
Gratitude Practice No. 2: Creative thinking with the “Yes And” technique.
Yes and… is a technique, an approach that is often used in improv comedy and in business to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving. Usually played with 2 or more people. However, you can do this on your own too. When facing a problem you can open your mind and reserve judgement until a later time. You add new information to the proposition. It allows you to re-evaluate a situation or circumstance and allows for limitless possibilities.
Gratitude Practice No. 3: Wear it on your wrist, a complaint bracelet.
The old rubber band on your wrist or a bracelet that has some stretch to it. When you find yourself complaining. Snap it or pull it. The act of doing that will break the cycle. Now think of something to be grateful for instead.
Gratitude Practice No. 4: Write it out, listing 100 things you are grateful for right now.
Grab your journal or a piece of paper and a pen – use your hands to write this list to get the full benefit of our brain wrapping itself around each item. Simply start your list and keep going until you’ve reached 100 people, places, things, feelings, etc. that you are grateful for today. Alternatively if you need to work on the computer go for a visual list. Create a visual gratitude board or 100 page image set with canva (they have tons of pix to choose from) or another software.
In the end, thank yourself for taking the time to nourish your body, mind, and soul with these simple and effective gratitude exercises.
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