10 Gratitude Exercises You Should Try For Increased Happiness
Never underestimate the power of gratitude exercises. The art of appreciation isn't designed purely to appease others and show respect.
Once created, gratitude lines the fabric of the universe and attracts abundance, love, compassion, wealth, and success. Increasing the energy of thankfulness in your heart can really enhance your life.
Gratitude Exercise 1. Morning Meditation
Upon waking, create a feeling of excitement about aspects of the day to come that will expand your awareness of gratitude. Perhaps, you know that greeting the beauty of the morning is about to make your heart swell with appreciation.
Alternatively, there might be an event that you are looking forward to attending, or simply the expectation that there is the potential for something wonderful to occur. Here is our super simple guide to starting your meditation habit.
Gratitude Exercise 2. Wonderment
Purposely develop a sense of wonderment. Become aware of the beauty that surrounds you. Maybe, you live in the countryside and can marvel at the exquisite appeal of nature. Then again, you might reside in the city, and can admire the creative architecture.
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
a rapture on the lonely shore,
society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― George Gordon Byron
Observe the subtle gestures made by people. A gentle smile, a nod of encouragement, and the act of kindness performed via small deeds that could easily have gone unnoticed can increase your appreciation of being alive.
Gratitude Exercise 3. Journal
Log experiences of joy that you encounter in a gratitude journal. The act of recording such events can inspire and uplift you.
Furthermore, if you feel your sense of appreciation slipping, you can look at the journal and remember how lucky you are.
Gratitude Exercise 4. Present Moment Awareness
At least once a day, tell yourself that there is no point worrying since the past has gone and you cannot second-guess or control the future.
There is only here and now, and in the present, there is no stress as worry cannot exist at the moment.
Breathe deeply as you contemplate these facts and you should automatically gain an appreciation of the moment in which you exist. Practicing being fully present can empty your mind of stress and make room for added gratitude.
Gratitude Exercise 5. Kindness
Not only do you increase other people's gratitude when you are kind, but you also improve your own.
Kindness breeds compassion as it gains momentum and more wonderful acts of altruism and good will follow. Click here for our list of 20 powerful acts of kindness you can do today.
Gratitude Exercise 6. Increase Your Joy
Joy can grow without the input of money or a great deal of time or energy. All you need to do is place yourself mindfully. For example, sitting on the front porch so that you can watch the sun dip could fill you with awe.
Alternatively, strolling along the beach, barefoot, with sand between your toes as you listen to the gulls' croon might make you feel fabulous. Just taking a few extra steps can potentially boost your joy and thankfulness.
Gratitude Exercise 7. Show Your Gratitude
Welcome opportunities to thank people for their kindness and character traits that you appreciate. Being mindful about seeking out the positive aspects of people's natures will develop your awareness of goodness. Simultaneously, you should attract people who multiply your abundance.
Likewise, carry out actions that show your appreciation at every opportunity and more experiences to be appreciative will occur.
Gratitude Exercise 8. Gratitude For Wealth
Instead of thinking that you need more wealth, or commiserating with friends about financial hardship, celebrate your prosperity and abundance.
Air your gratitude verbally by expressing your satisfaction about having plenty of everything that you require in your life, and more should therefore follow.
“Happy people produce. Bored people consume.”
— Stephen Richards
Gratitude Exercise 9. Focus On Well-Being
Focus on gratitude for your well-being and health each day. Forget about your hay fever, or any other ailment or disease that you have, and don't mull over your depression or anxiety if these are part of your experience now. Instead, just for a short while, send energy to aspects of yourself for which you are appreciative.
Gratitude Exercise 10. Bedtime Reflection
When your head hits the hay, contemplate features of the passing day about which you are thankful. Drift to sleep as you let gratitude replenish your emotional energy.
Be sure to get all the benefits of 1 hour's meditation in just 12 minutes. Meditation before bed can help combat insomnia and restless sleep.
Once your heart fills with gratitude, the Law of Attraction can now respond by feeding you more experiences for which you can be thankful.