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    Practice Gratitude

    Documentary maker and co-founder of Food Matters, Laurentine ten Bosch, supplies a solid list of simple ways to genuinely practice gratitude starting now….

    Gratitude is our emotion that relates to feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. Research shows that expressing gratitude regularly improves mental, physical and relational well-being.

    By taking the time to be grateful—for even the small things—you will begin to experience a positive attitude that actually creates a ripple effect into your physical life. Research shows that people who regularly practice gratitude have lower blood pressure, exercise more often, and even have fewer aches and pains.

    The best part? With the practice of gratitude comes increased serotonin levels—the happiness hormone—which leads to positive relationships with those around you, and yourself, which in turn results in a decrease in thoughts of depression. From that state, it gets even easier to continue to be grateful! And don’t worry, these aren’t just temporary results, some of these effects tend to be long-lasting.

    44 Ways To Practice Gratitude In Your Everyday Life

    Here are some of our favorite ways to practice gratitude:

    Ask your waitress how her day is going
    Be a mentor or teach someone
    Be an active listener
    Call your friends or family
    Change I have to to I get to
    Do a form of movement you love and thank your incredible body
    Do something unexpected for someone
    Donate some of your possessions to a charity
    Feed your body nourishing foods
    Get to know your neighbors
    Give a shoutout on social media to a company you love
    Give genuine compliments to those around you
    Host a gratitude dinner party (Thanksgiving isn’t the only day to be grateful over a good meal)
    Hug more
    Keep a gratitude jar filled with notes on life’s blessings
    Keep a gratitude journal
    Laugh more
    Leave encouraging words for someone
    Make a vision board of all the things you are grateful for in your life
    Make eye contact
    Make handmade gifts
    Pay it forward: Buy someone a coffee
    Place positive post-it notes and quotes around your house
    Practice positive affirmations
    Read a book and share it with someone
    Say thanks before each meal
    Share hand-picked flowers
    Share positive reviews
    Shop at a local farmers market and give thanks to your farmers
    Stop, smell and absorb nature. Give thanks for the air in your lungs and admire the beauty around you
    Take three deep breaths
    Take time to do something you love each day
    Take time to fill your cup
    Tell your partner what you love about them every day
    Thank people for their service
    Think of three things you’re grateful for before you go to sleep
    Try a guided gratitude meditation
    Turn complaints into an opportunity for growth
    Visit your family
    Volunteer for a cause you believe in
    Walk a little lighter—reduce your plastic consumption
    Watch more sunrises and sunsets, recognize each day as a gift
    Write a handwritten thank-you note

    How do you practice gratitude? Share your daily tips in the comments section below!

    From our friends


    1. These are all wonderful suggestions! I started writing down things that I am grateful for every day and it really does make a difference. It is easy to get sucked into our lives and forget to stop and notice all of the goodness around us.

      xoKaelen |

      Kaelen | Darling Marcelle | 11.27.2019 | Reply
    2. Gratitude is a feeling that is higher than yourself. The best way is too be fully engulfed in that feeling daily without having to think about it, rather living it.

      Jennifer Johns | 12.30.2019 | Reply

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