Friday, November 3, 2017

5 Gratitude Practices to Make You Smile




As another year wanes and fall is the precursor to a time of rest in winter, it seems that November is a perfect month in which to bring gratitude as a daily practice into our lives.

With all the disheveled behavior by world leaders and others, it would seem incumbent upon the rest of us to walk in gratitude for the good that remains. Peace does indeed, begin with you and I. It may seem like a strenuous uphill hike, but do we continue to wrestle in the muck, or seek to rise above it?

From the Bodhi Tree website comes the essay 5 Ways To Practice Gratitude And Boost Happiness.

The Daily Prism has extracted a portion of the essay by Justine Amodeo, contributing editor to Bodhi Tree and the editor of Pacific Coast Magazine and Montagemagazine.com:

1. Write a gratitude letter.

Think about someone who’s done something incredibly kind for you that you have never properly thanked. Write him or her a letter expressing your gratitude and try to deliver it in person. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been.

2. Take a sensory walk.

How often do we rush from place to place unconscious of what surrounds us? Take a walk near your home and pay attention to the sensations around you. Spend some time with a tree or building, notice the sound of the birds, and observe the light. Take all of it in and let yourself appreciate each sensation. (Read How to Forest Bathe at Work to learn how this practice can help you reap more than just gratitude.)

3. Keep a gratitude journal.

Record three to five things you’re grateful for in a journal every day or week. If you need tips, go to the GGSC’s easy-to-use online gratitude journal, Thnx4.org.

4. Teach gratitude to your children.

Discuss with your children an act of kindness that they could do for a classmate, friend or family member and help them carry it out. Afterward, ask them how that person responded and how they felt about their act of kindness. Then try to model this behavior for them on a regular basis.

5. Make gratitude place cards.

During holiday meals, surprise your guests by writing what you love and appreciate about each one of them on handmade place cards. It might be a nice exercise to read them aloud once all are seated at the table. 

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