What are you thankful for today? Gratefulness is the key that opens the door to happiness. Science tells us so. You see, simple acts of kindness practiced daily make you more optimistic and less negative. So in light of Thanksgiving Day next week and a new year next month, here are five ways to practice gratitude every day to make you and your home a happier place all year.
Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place
Make time to think about all that you’re thankful for daily. When gratitude is a priority and you recognize what and who you appreciate most every single day, it becomes second nature.
1. Start writing
Purchase a notebook and keep it with you wherever you go, in your home and when you leave the house. Then take a few minutes each day to write in it. Write down one or two things that you are thankful for. They can be events, circumstances, acts of kindness others have shown to you, notes of appreciation you have received, and so forth. Just write down whatever you’re grateful for.
Journaling allows you to look back and reflect on how much you have to be thankful for. Because let’s face it, we are so prone to forgetting the “little” things. And when times get rough, reading through your abundance journal (or whatever you name it) is immensely encouraging.
2. Verbalize your appreciation
Whenever anyone does something above and beyond or goes the extra mile, let them know you noticed. Then show your appreciation. Express your gratitude to them. Treat them with lunch or a visit to their favorite coffee shop.
Make it a point to interact with others as much as possible. We make time for those who are important to us. Do you remember the impact it had on you when someone took time out of their day to do something with you or for you?
3. Practice the Golden Rule
Treat others better than the way you want to be treated. And
give them the same level of courtesy you appreciate receiving. Respect others with
a smile, kindness, patience, and a listening ear.
Here are a few examples:
- Offer to bring back coffee for someone in the
office when you make your daily coffee run
- If you use the last paper towel on the roll,
- When you make yourself something to eat, clean
up after yourself
- If someone is running to the door to enter the
same building or elevator you are, hold the door for them
4. Focus on the positive
happen, to us and others, often. That’s just the way it is when we are alive.
Lines get long. Kids get sick. Clients are sometimes difficult to work with.
And here in New York, you get cut off in traffic. But don’t complain or moan
about your challenges. Instead, choose to focus on the positive. Complaining
reinforces a negative state of mind, whether you complain out loud to someone
else or to yourself in your thoughts.
Next time something gets on your nerves, breathe deeply and choose to be grateful for something positive.
5. Volunteer in your community
Volunteering gives you positive things to focus on. It’s a great way to give back to the community while making you and your home happier, too. Yes, showing kindness and doing things for others does more for you than it does for those on the receiving end. Why? Because “It is better to give than to receive.”
Daily Gratitude is Key to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place to Be All Year
Practicing gratitude daily is key to make you and your home a happier place to be every day and in the year to come. And a happier you and a happier home are definitely something to be grateful for!
You know how nice it feels when someone shows you kindness or expresses gratitude to you. Be that person to someone else. Practice gratitude daily.
Happy Thanksgiving from Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate with heart. Call (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org when it’s time to buy or sell in Brooklyn.
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