5 Habits That Help Me Cultivate Gratitude Daily

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By Kate Kole

I always enjoy learning about people’s morning routines and bedtime rituals. In part, because they offer a glimpse into the little details that I wouldn’t otherwise ever know, but more so, because I’m a big believer in the significance of our daily habits. I’m in the Gretchen Rubin camp that “what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” And I think that importance of every day commitment applies to so many areas of our lives. Of course, it has to do with the obvious things we consistently do and consume outwardly, but I feel like it also applies to the power of our thoughts and the mindful practices we keep.

When I chose gratitude as one of my key words to focus on this year, I knew I also needed to add some habits to my regular routine to back it up. Because, as much as I love intention setting in and of itself, the magic really seems to happen when my actions align with my intention. Here are the habits I’ve incorporated into my daily practice to create an attitude of gratitude:

Redirecting my thoughts. Our minds are so powerful, and I’m reminded of that most often when I start moving down a path of negativity. One pessimistic thought can spark inspiration for all my other life complaints to rise to the forefront of my mind. Before I know it, I’m sitting in a pool of self-pity. While there are undoubtedly external things out of my control, I also know that it’s up to me to be accountable for my attitude, where I set my focus, and how I approach the world around me.

Writing in a gratitude journal. I recently picked up a fun new journal at Target, reasoning that the cuter the cover, the more apt I am to actually use it. In it, I jot down a running list of the things, people, and experiences I’m thankful for daily. I’ve found that taking the time to literally count my blessings creates a feeling of abundance, much unlike the one I experience when I’m focusing on what’s missing from my life.

Letting go of what I can. A couple days ago, I came across the quote, “I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things not meant for me.” One of my goals for 2017 was to no longer complain about the things I could choose to change, but wasn’t. Meaning if I eat half a bag of Family Size Doritos and have a stomach ache, that’s on me. The same goes for experiences that consistently drain me, yet I continue to set about them in the same old way. Sometimes the first step in cultivating gratitude in my life is just clearing out the junk so there’s more space for the good stuff.

Listening to podcasts. As I’m unloading the dishwasher, packing lunch, or folding a load of laundry, I’ll put on an inspiring podcast. No joke, it has completely changed how I view those tasks. Listening to something like Simply Happy or the Chase Jarvis Live Show summons a feeling that I’m learning something new and choosing to find joy in an otherwise mundane chore.

Expressing thankfulness. I try and make it a point to share my gratitude when I experience it. I’ll thank one of my favorite yoga teachers for a rejuvenating class or I’ll tell my husband that I appreciate it when he cleans up the dog poop in the yard (real life romance). I truly believe that expressing my thankfulness aloud helps to strengthen my relationships, and also heightens my own sense of contentment.

How do you create an attitude of gratitude in your daily life?

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One thought on “5 Habits That Help Me Cultivate Gratitude Daily

  1. Luke Jones - Health Room says:

    Great stuff Kate, love this! 🙂

    These are great habits to bring happiness and gratitude into our lives. I also live using a gratitude journal and I fill this in at the start of my day so I feel positive and productive.

    Redirecting thoughts is such a great way to maintain calm in our lives, but it can be tricky. I have found a daily meditation practise has helped me to be more mindful in my everyday life. Mindfulness helps me to feel more connected to the present moment and can prevent me from getting carried away with my thoughts.

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here: http://apple.co/2kjNoGN

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