5 Ways to Make Gratitude a Daily Habit

by Betty Lochner on November 27, 2012

This year has been one of blessings and tears. Countless blessings for all that I have, and also many tears for the heartbreak of losing two loved ones. My sister-in-law and my nephew both died recently, and going through the experience of saying good bye to them has reminded me, in a profound way, that:

1) Our life here is short.
2) Every day we have is a gift to be treasured and shared.
One way to do that is to give thanks, not just at Thanksgiving, but every single day, for the blessings in our life.

Here are some of my favorite ways to make gratitude a daily habit:

 1. Start your day with 5 minutes of gratitude.

Start each morning by writing down all you are thankful for. It can be as simple as having hot water for a shower and food in your cupboard. This will help prepare yourself to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring.

2. Tell at least three people that you appreciate them.

We often take the people in our lives for granted. Take a minute to go out of your way to say thank you, or send a note of appreciation. It will have a huge impact on them, and on you as well.

3. Be grateful in all circumstances.

Look for the silver lining in everyday circumstances. For example, when you get cut off on the freeway and arrive safely to work; when you child returns home late, but safe; when you get into a fender bender and no one was hurt.

4. Carry a token of gratitude. Put something in your pocket or somewhere you will see it to remind you to take a moment to be thankful for your many blessings. It can be a stone, a verse, or something special to you.  I have a gratitude rock hanging from my car’s rear view mirror that serves as a daily reminder for me.

5. Don’t forget to appreciate yourself. The most important gratitude you practice may be to appreciate yourself. Be good to yourself and celebrate your successes, big and small.

Do you have a gratitude habit? Please share in a comment!


Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

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