I know that I’m going on all about being spiritual and respect yourself, a lot about self-care and self-love. I think it is needed in our world, remind each other of the greatness this earth still has. Remind ourselves that we are here for a purpose, not to only survive.
Take our existence to another level, create a better mother earth, leave the ego behind and just listen to our soul and at the same time be sensible about life.
I understand that we can sometimes get stuck in a bubble, where we rely on the universe and think that just by praying everything is going to be Ok. Or just by touching a spiritual crystals, things are going to get better. Being spiritual is more than just crystals and incense, affirmations, meditation and be positive.
A part of being spiritual is also accepting the journey of life, whether it is a balanced or unbalanced one. Not every event in life is going to amazing or with a happy ending. Sometimes we need to accept what it is, accept that we cannot control every feeling, thought or action in life. At some point we need to go through things that we unfortunately cannot control, and I think once we go through those situations in life we learn that not everything needs to be controlled.
So, I wanted to remind you guys of ways of being grateful and appreciate the small things in life as well as the big ones.
My 8 ways to have more gratitude every day.
Don’t be picky, and appreciate everything: You don’t have to save gratitude for the big things, there is nothing too small to be thankful for. If your train was on time today and it made your morning easier, just something like that is great to be thankful for. Don’t leave anything out when practicing gratitude.
Find gratitude in challenges: gratitude is not about being thankful for only the positive things in life. In fact, some of the challenging and negative events in life can help you to form the person you are becoming. Despite what I have been through I always remember to be grateful, even the times when I was struggling on my own without anyone to trust in London, later on I found myself being so thankful for what I had been through. It made me my own best friend, connect with myself deeper and knowing what I want in life. From myself.
Practice mindfulness: Sit down daily and just think of a few things you are grateful for and also picture them in your mind, try to sit down with that feeling of gratitude in your body. Doing it every day will rewire your brain to be naturally more grateful, and you will start feeling happier after every session of gratitude. It takes just a few weeks of gratitude practice for people to start showing changed brain pattern that lead to greater empathy and happiness.
Our brain is a powerful tool and can be train to many things, and gratitude is a positive one the brain enjoys.
Keep a gratitude journal: Sit down and meditate, and after all the good breaths in and out and calmness. Take pen and paper, write down your positive thoughts. Keep a journal for all the things you are grateful for, in that order you keep track of and refer back to the good positive things in your life. You can journal every day after every gratitude practice, or every week or month.
You can volunteer: Giving back to other is the key to have more gratitude, according to some of us. It will not only make you more grateful for the things that you may take for granted, but studies have shown that volunteering for the purpose of helping others increases our own well being, and thus ability to have more gratitude. Helping others helps you!
Express yourself: Sometimes it is not enough to keep your gratitude to yourself. Telling the people around you that you appreciate them or that you are grateful for they being there for you increase your feelings of gratitude. You can even write a letter to someone you are grateful for, make a phone call to someone, or maybe just have a cup of coffee with a person you care about and just express the nice things you are grateful for with that person. Showing appreciating to strangers, is massive. I have worked with service almost my whole entire life and I can honestly tell you that a grateful and polite customer is massively appreciated. You don’t only make yourself a favor but you make someone else’s day maybe brighter.
Spend time with your loved ones: it does not only help you to feel happy, but it also helps you to grow closer together with the people you care about. Sit down with the people you love and listen instead of waiting for you chance to talk, embrace their enthusiasm and their goals. Listening is also a way of showing appreciation and gratitude to others and life itself.
Improve gratitude in other areas of your life: I’ve realized that I’m happier doing things that challenge me, going to yoga or any class by myself. I’m forever grateful for the independence and braveness I give myself in order to do that. Pushing myself to become better, I’m grateful for that. You can be thankful for the smallest thing such as: .