Anyone working on growing a Gratitude Practice knows that practicing gratitude is not always easy. At the same time, you also might be looking for ways to deepen your Gratitude Practice — both of which we’re going to explore here. If you’re unfamiliar with the practice and haven’t had a chance to read **Gratitude Practice: How To Start One And Why You Should, Right Now, be sure to begin there! You’ll find everything you need to know about what a Gratitude Practice is, how to start one, and why you’ll love it.
If you’ve already started to explore you own Gratitude Practice, then you might have begun to notice some benefits right away: reduced stress and increased sense of calm, improved focus and clarity, a decrease in your “lack mindset”, boosted resilience, and even better sleep! By writing down those things you are grateful for each day, you’re bound to feel healthier and happier — finding that happiness raises your vibration, helping you become even more joyful.
But it’s also true that there can be obstacles to a Gratitude Practice, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today. If you’re currently struggling, or have struggled in the past when attempting to write what you’re thankful or grateful for, don’t worry — that’s totally normal.
These could be some reasons why:
1.You might be too focused on the results of your Gratitude Practice, rather than the practice itself. Maybe you’re writing your daily lists, but you’re not emotionally resonating with the things you’re truly thankful for. You might start judging the quality of your list, concerned that some of the items aren’t “worthy” of your gratitude, or even feeling pressured that you have to write the best list! This is when it’s time to take a step back, and reconnect with your intention for starting a Gratitude Practice in the first place. What is most important, when you’re writing your list, is truly feeling thankful in your heart of hearts, and experiencing real gratitude. You’ll know the difference, and I assure you it will not disappoint!
2.Another common mistake is that you might only write in your gratitude journal when really cool things happen, or just once or twice a week. Maybe you think your life is boring or, again, the things you’re grateful for aren’t really worth that much gratitude. All this serves to do is deprive yourself of all the thankful joy you could be feeling. Remember: practice gratitude with nonjudgement. If you’re grateful for something, no matter how big or small it might seem, then it’s definitely worth writing down!
3.You might be concerned that you’re writing the same things down each day. But remember: the only person you’re making this list for is you. As long as you write from your heart you cannot go wrong, I promise. If you’re including things like being thankful for your health, your job, or your children every day, great! It is okay to repeat what you’re thankful for every day because it’s not about what you put on the list, it’s about your commitment to the practice and how it makes you feel!
4.You’re afraid your Gratitude Practice is a passing fad — lots of people are doing it, and it’s going to be in-and-out like the latest trendy diet. Believe me when I say A Gratitude Practice is not a fad. It’s something that works and that everyone should be excited to try!
Now that you’ve laid the foundation of your Gratitude Practice, and even started to work out some of the kinks, you might be ready to take your practice to the next level. Here are three ways to amp up your gratitude practice!
1.When you write what you’re thankful for, always add why you’re thankful for it. For example: “I am thankful for my eyes, because they allow me to see the beauty of the world around me, as well as my husband.”
2.Try self-gratitude. For every few items you include on your list, consider adding a few relating to yourself as well. It is very easy to be thankful for the things around us, like our family, our house and lots of other external things. It’s not always as easy to look inward, and find gratitude there. So, you could write something like: “I’m thankful for my sense of humor, because…”. Notice the difference between gratitude and self-gratitude, and see how your practice might begin to transform!
3.This can be a tricky one: find gratitude for the situations, people, or things that are bringing challenges into your life at this moment. (I told you!) We all have things in our lives that pose difficulties for us, or that bring our vibrations down. Maybe you’re dealing with a difficult coworker, a tough family relationship, or a financial issue. In these moments, really tune in and try to be thankful for that situation. You could write: “I’m thankful for my difficult client because they’re helping me learn and grow, next time I’ll know how to choose my client more carefully.” It’s like that old expression: we can look at things as enemies, or we can look at them as teachers.
Remember, no matter where you are in your Gratitude Practice, there is no one right or wrong way to practice gratitude. If you’re just beginning your practice, try to stick with it for at least 21 days — the experts say it takes at least 3 weeks to create a good habit! If you’ve already got a regular Gratitude Practice, I hope this information helps you along in your journey.
For more information on starting your own Gratitude Practice, and to watch the live video that accompanies this blog post, be sure to check out my Facebook group Alpha Female Sisterhood. There you’ll find tons of empowerment and support for high-performing women, just like you!
**Gratitude Practice: How To Start One And Why You Should, Right Now
Meet Seo Kelleher, an intuitive coach for life and business, committed to empowering women. "I am passionate about helping women find the courage to transform their lives by embracing their vulnerability and taking the responsibility."