Practising Gratitude: A Wellness Guide

In the previous post, we explored the significance of gratitude in our faith journey and well-being, especially during the challenging darker months. And even though the days are getting lighter now, gratitude is still important. So, let’s dive into practical ways to cultivate gratitude in our everyday lives.

How to Practice Gratitude:

  1. Set Reminders: Use your phone to set alarms, prompting you to take a moment for gratitude throughout the day.
  2. Keep a Gratitude Journal: Document daily moments of gratitude in a journal. Reflect on God’s blessings and the positive aspects of your day.
  3. Share Gratitude with Others: Encourage a culture of gratitude by asking others to share what they’re thankful for. This simple practice can uplift everyone’s spirits.
  4. Create a Gratitude Jar: Fill a jar with notes of gratitude. Reading these notes during challenging times can be a powerful reminder of God’s goodness.
  5. Write Thank-You Letters or Emails: Express your gratitude to others in written form. This not only benefits them but also deepens your own sense of appreciation.
  6. Listen to Guided Meditations on Gratitude: Incorporate guided meditations into your routine, focusing on gratitude and mindfulness.
  7. Give Meaningful Thank-Yous: Instead of generic expressions of gratitude, be specific about what you’re thankful for. This deepens the impact of your gratitude.
  8. Use Visual Reminders: Place sticky notes or visual cues in your environment to prompt moments of gratitude.
  9. Feel Gratitude for Unexpected Positive Outcomes: Even small victories deserve gratitude. Recognize and appreciate unexpected positive outcomes.
  10. Take a Gratitude Walk: Combine physical activity with gratitude by going for a walk and reflecting on the things you’re thankful for.
  11. Create a Gratitude Ritual: Incorporate gratitude into existing habits, such as expressing thanks when switching off lights at night.
  12. Use Lent as a Focus: Dedicate a specific time, like Lent, to intensify your focus on gratitude.
  13. Avoid Minimizing Negative Emotions: Gratitude doesn’t erase negative emotions; it coexists with them. Acknowledge and process your feelings while appreciating the positive aspects of life.

Experiencing Awe Exercise:

Take a few minutes to relive a moment of awe. Close your eyes, recall the experience in detail, and write down your thoughts and emotions. Recognize that awe moments, whether grand or subtle, contribute to a more satisfying and positive life.

Finish the exercise by thanking God for the awe-inspiring moments. Gratitude, even in awe, directs our hearts toward God and fosters a deeper connection with Him.

Incorporate these practical tips into your daily routine, and watch as gratitude transforms your perspective, bringing joy and peace even in the midst of winter. Embrace the power of gratitude this season and let it be a source of warmth for your soul.


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