How To Make Gratitude A Daily Ritual

On a fall walk Emily R. Hess stops to think about thankfulness. This fall season make a note, journal, or think about what you are thankful for

Every Thanksgiving, our family and I’m sure many others and perhaps yours, gather around the dinner table and share what they are grateful for. A thankful heart really is the key to positive thinking and enjoying life to the fullest. We are reminded that there is beauty hidden in even the messiest situations.

Since starting my own business, I’ve been studying the habits of successful people and one I frequently come across is a daily practice of gratitude. It’s not so hard to name one thing you’re grateful for at the Thanksgiving table, however when it becomes part of your everyday routine - you might have to get creative. Making gratitude a daily ritual rewires your brain to search for gems of hope, on good days and not so good days. You start focusing more on what is going well and less on what isn’t.

A gratitude practice is easy to adopt and takes less than five minutes a day. Adding this golden habit to your routine will is almost like a green juice for the soul - it detoxes the junk, boosts your energy, and leaves you feeling fresh. Try it out and see how good it can make you feel!

Emily R. Hess smiles in a fall cameo print to stay warm in the bright sun, thinking about gratitude.
Being thankful and grateful is one of the most important keys to success. Fall is a great time for reflection

Have a Gratitude Journal.

Open up a journal every morning and write three things you’re grateful for that day. I love using this quick and non-intimidating Five Minute Journal to jot down gratitudes as part of my morning routine.

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Use everyday ques as a reminder to ‘thank you’.

Pick three repetitive scenarios where you will respond with ‘thank you’ every time. One example might be getting a paycheck - use it as a que to just say ‘thank you’ in your head. Having a little moment of gratitude may seem insignificant, but it will remind you to never take blessings for granted!

Switch your thoughts to thankful mode anytime + anywhere.

If you have a busy brain like me, try creating a mental list of all the things you’re thankful for while practicing yoga, meditation, or even as you cook dinner. Simply switching your thoughts to ‘thankful’ mode has just as much benefit to your wellbeing as writing them down in a journal.

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What are three things you’re grateful for today? Leave a comment below and share what’s making you smile lately.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones - don’t forget to tell them how much they mean to you and maybe even bake them a pumpkin pie if you’re feeling really appreciative...