Infuse Gratitude Into Your Day

By McKenzie Schwark
Features Writer

With so much going on, and not all of it positive, it can be difficult to feel grateful every day. Here are some tips and tricks for infusing gratitude into your days all year round.

1. Keep a gratitude journal

Journaling is a great practice to incorporate into your daily routine. It can help you sort through your feelings, keep a record of your life, and even write down what you’re grateful for. This practice will help you find gratitude in your darker days and give you time and space to reflect on the things in your life that bring comfort and joy.

2. Write down moments in your notes app

If you start a gratitude journal, it’s likely you won’t have it with you at all times. I mean, who wants to whip out a journal in the middle of a board meeting, or at a party? That’s where your phone’s notes app comes in. You can keep a running list of things you’re grateful for with you at all times. That way you can look back on moments of gratitude any time you’re feeling down, or jot down a moment of gratitude quickly before you forget it.

3. Tell someone you love

If you’re grateful for someone in your life, let them know! Sharing your gratitude with others is a great way to celebrate it. Plus, it always feels good to make someone else feel good.

4. Pause throughout the day

We live really busy lives, and between emails, social media, and news alerts, it can be hard to pause and take inventory of what you’re grateful for. Throughout your day set aside moments where you can pause and reflect without being distracted by external forces.

5. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness has a ton of benefits and can help you live more in the moment. When you’re better able to be present, you’ll be able to realize how much you’re grateful for, rather than being distracted or moving quickly onto the next thing.

6. Be honest with yourself

If something you feel you should be grateful for is painful or uncomfortable for you, don’t feign gratitude for it. This practice is entirely for you and there’s no use being dishonest with yourself. Being honest about what does and does not serve you will help you really appreciate the things that you’re most grateful for.

7. Remember everything is temporary

If you’re going through a tough time and feel there isn’t much to be grateful for right now, give yourself some grace. Everything is temporary. The hard times will end and you’ll feel grateful sometime again.

The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on what you’re grateful for and begin this practice. When the holidays are over, you’ll be a pro at infusing gratitude into your daily routine!