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The Power of Practising Daily Gratitude

Practising gratitude is a powerful way to improve your mindset over time, and in fact, just writing down one or more things that you are grateful for each day can make you feel more optimistic and more inclined to want to exercise over the course of just 10 weeks, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


Many of us look at life from a place of lack, and it’s no surprise when we’re bombarded with the very image of society’s perception of perfection everywhere we turn, with social media being one of the biggest contributors to low self-esteem, depression and feeling like we aren’t enough, have enough or do enough. 


But the truth is, we are all enough and taking the time to practise gratitude for the things we do have, and for those little moments throughout the day can really help to improve our happiness and sense of fulfilment in life. There are so many things to be grateful for, and not just the things many of us take for granted; clean water, food, a roof over our heads, family and friendships. But also the little things we might notice throughout the day. Perhaps we’re feeling grateful for the rain after a long period of dry weather, or the way the sun beams in through the window, or perhaps we’re grateful for the stranger who made us smile today. 


A common trap in expressing gratitude, is only being thankful for those big events and moments in our lives. The things we feel we should be thankful for, such as a promotion at work, an unexpected windfall, or a family member getting better after a long illness, but the real beauty lies in being grateful for all of the small ordinary moments too. Of course you don’t need to express gratitude for every small thing that happens throughout your day, but instead, use it as a way to notice that even if you’re having a truly awful day, there are always small things to be grateful for. 


It’s always difficult to begin a daily gratitude practice, as it is establishing any new habit, but it does become easier the more you do it. And don’t feel like you need to write things down either. You can simply begin by taking a pause in your day and reflecting on things that you are thankful for. Usually the best time to do this is right before you get into bed. If you wish, you can extend this to writing down three to five things that you are grateful for every day, and there are plenty of structured gratitude notebooks available to help you do this.


See if you can do a week of daily gratitude, even if you just take note of one thing each day. At the end of the week, re-read or re-visit the things you’ve expressed gratitude for and reflect on how it makes you feel. Then, try 30 days. Another wonderful thing about writing down your daily gratitude is that, over time, you’ll have pages of good and happy memories that you can come back to any time you need a pick-me-up. Don’t worry if you have several days that are the same, the most important thing here is taking the time to think about the things you are feeling grateful for.


If you have been struggling with low self-esteem and are worried that your mindset is negatively impacting your life, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As a mindset coach, I am here to support you in cultivating a growth mindset, grow your self-confidence and unlock your true potential. So, if you’re ready to break free from your self-limiting beliefs, let’s embark on this empowering journey of self-discovery and personal growth together.

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