Tips for Being Grateful and Mindful
With all that’s happening in the world today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by negativity. But don’t let it eclipse your ability to see the good in your life. These days, we all need to be deliberate about stoking positivity.
So stop, take a moment, and remind yourself to be grateful for what you have and be mindful of your potential to radiate happiness. If you need a little help getting started, here are few tips to keep you calm and conscientious.
For starters, stop doomscrolling the never-ending cascade of bad news. Put your phone down, step away from your laptop, and give your brain a break. Bombarding yourself with catastrophes is depressing and disheartening. Unplug for a while and do something that sparks joy.
2.) Take A Walk
Quarantines, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing have us all feeling more than a little cooped up. Set yourself free with a walk in the great outdoors. It doesn’t have to be an epic hike. Start with a walk around your neighborhood. You may think you’re strolling on that same-old familiar ground, but you’ll be surprised what new discoveries you’ll find if you’re receptive.
3.) Be Aware of the Present Moment
While you’re on your walk, don’t just zone out. Be intentional, be aware, and be fully present in the moment. Don’t think about the past, the future, or your to-do list. Take deep breaths and notice your surroundings. Merely being grateful for what’s in front of you can really change your outlook. And if you catch yourself thinking about all the housework you need to do, gently remind yourself to come back to the present moment.
4.) Share Your Gratitude With Others
Reach out to friends, family, and mentors and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. You’d be surprised how sharing just a few simple words of gratitude can uplift not only the spirits of others, but yours as well. Paying compliments to important people in your life is a great way to start a chain reaction of appreciation that they may pass along to others.
5.) Do Something Bigger Than Yourself
If you find yourself complaining about what you’re lacking, consider volunteering for a cause you believe in or donating to an organization like Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Serving others in need is a selfless way to be the change you want to see in the world. Being aware of those less fortunate than you will give you a deeper appreciation of what you have.
By following these tips, eventually you won’t have to remind yourself to be grateful – it’ll just come natural.