No.1 Guide: 6 Steps To The Attitude Of Gratitude

Discover how the practice of gratitude could transform your life with our tips from top mindfulness and wellbeing experts…

Attitude Of Gratitude Tips

Start small

The habit of being grateful starts not with waiting for the ‘big’ things in life but appreciating everything, nothing is too
small to be thankful for.

The little things that help make your day easier and your mood a little more cheerful are often the ones that go unnoticed. Once you start thinking about them, you’ll start to notice just how many there are.

Forgive and forget

Brian Costello, director at HeadStrong agrees that gratitude can have an impact on our mental health too.

“There are two huge lessons people can learn that make a difference to their mental health. One is that they are not alone and the other is resolving issues in the past. Both of these rely on gratitude, which starts with forgiveness, especially for dealing with past issues.”

He continues:“If you’re trying to resolve something now, the root of it is very often in the past. Forgiveness is hugely powerful as this leads to gratitude. It’s about looking back and saying,‘you treated me badly but you’ve made me into a better person  and I have learned many things from that experience.’ Being grateful for that experience is very healing.”

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Try out an app

Maggie Brown, a neuro-linguistic practitioner based in Stonehouse, has used training and grateful practices to manage her busy life and advises trying something simple: “My top tip is to get an app! They are great for any commute and there are loads of amazing ones out there, such as Headspace and Calm.

“You can also go to YouTube and look up guided meditation for gratitude. They are a pretty amazing way to get started. Also check for courses with your employer as so many work places are realising that training really helps and supports their staff, so there might be help there.”

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Neuro-linguistic practitioner, Maggie Brown, advises not taking things too seriously: “When it comes to practising gratitude, don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t ask questions such as: ‘Should I be thinking this?’ Just go with flow.

“I spend five minutes at the end of every day writing everything down that made me happy. By doing this you retrain your brain to find the positive and this limits on the negative. And you always sleep better.”

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Get kids involved

Gratitude doesn’t have to begin with adults – why not start from a young age and get kids involved in practising it too?

While journaling and visualising ‘gratitude’ might not work for a young group, there are many ways you can get creative and try another tact.

For example, try creating a ‘gratitude jar’. Any time you or a member of the family experiences a poignant moment of gratitude, write it on a piece of paper and put it in a jar.

At the end of the year, or on a rainy day, you can read through some of your moments!

Saver the feeling

When you feel grateful for something or someone, chances are feelings of true happiness will follow suit. Well, why not cherish that feeling?

Take a moment and challenge yourself to remember exactly how you acted in that moment. The more you teach your brain to associate feelings of gratitude with positive moments in your life, the easier it will be to practice it

Words by Rosalind Erskine.

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