Gratitude is no doubt something you’ve heard about if you’ve been exploring the personal development world. You may have tried it for a while or maybe not. You may even think it seems too simple to work or you just don’t have time or possibly you just don’t know how practising gratitude could actually improve your life.

So what is gratitude?

The dictionary defines it as ‘the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful’.
I think of gratitude as the practice of feeling deep appreciation for the good things in your life, big and small.

Your thoughts and your words create your reality. So when you have a regular practice of acknowledging what you’re grateful for you will feel and attract more of that into your life.

Gratitude focuses on, and therefore cultivates, positivity, joy, purpose, success, love and optimism.

Personally I find that tuning in to gratitude and really feeling it helps me let go of feelings of anxiety. The gratitude crowds out the anxiety I feel in my chest and stomach and replaces it with a sense of calm and peace. This allows more space and opportunity to focus on kindness, ease and self care.

It is simple and it does work. But here’s the thing, it’s like most things that are good for us, it requires consistency.

Consistency creates a cumulative effect that can be so powerful.

Start now. Keep doing it every day. When you’re thinking it isn’t really working, keep doing it. Because one day you’ll realise the difference it has made to your life over time. And it will continue to do so.

This in turn allows you to feel more grateful and so the effect and benefits grow.

My gratitude practise is super simple. Every night, as part of my journaling practise, I write down what I’m grateful for that day. Sometimes it’s just one thing – like my comfy warm bed or the glass of red I had with dinner. Other times it’s something bigger – like the unwavering support I have from my Andrew (my hubby) and friends. 

I find it helps me to focus on abundance over lack and to see the positive in people and situations. 

When I’m grateful I feel less anxious. When I’m grateful I feel more peace and contentment. When I’m grateful I attract more of that goodness into my life.

Do you have a gratitude practice? Let me know in the comments below how it has helped you.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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