The new year is the perfect time to pause and reflect. In today’s busy world, we often don’t take the time to appreciate the small things. Day 6 is all about slowing down and being grateful.
There are many benefits to practicing gratitude. Taking time to recognise the good things that have come our way can help us feel more positive and connected to others. It can help us move past feelings of anxiety or sadness we may be experiencing. It also allows us to become mindful of the present and open ourselves to the joy that surrounds us. Making an effort to express gratitude for even the small things in life can help us appreciate our lives more deeply and find peace. By cultivating a spirit of gratitude, we create an atmosphere of abundance and positivity rather than scarcity or negativity.
Three simple ways to express gratitude:
Start a gratitude journal - take even just five minutes from your day to write down a few things that you are grateful for in your life. Think about your life, the people in it, or even things about yourself that you are proud of. Taking time to write them down will not only allow you to pause and reflect, but it will increase your positive thoughts and feelings.
Verbalise thanks to someone in your life - how often do we take the time to appreciate those in our lives that we are grateful for? Doing so will help those in our lives feel appreciated and recognised. It will also strengthen your relationship with that person, making you feel more connected.
Meditate - find a quiet space to close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and think of someone in your life who you are grateful for. Send positive thoughts and energy to whomever you decide to think of during your meditation. Perhaps, the person you choose is yourself. Or someone in your life who is having a difficult time, or even a relationship you wish to repair or improve.
Making gratitude a part of our daily lives can help us be more present, mindful and connected to what really matters in life.