Do you ever feel so full of gratitude that you can't help but talk about it and share with everyone how wonderful it is?

That's the beautiful thing about gratitude; it gives back, and while it gives back to others through contagious sharing, it also gives back to you, through an emotional mood boost!

When practiced daily, gratitude can help you through your dark days. It can be an aid when things aren't going right or when something or what someone ticked you off, rubbed you the wrong way, or hurt your feelings.

Always being in a place of gratitude really can help you through anything!

Let's look deeper into how gratitude can have a positive, significant impact on our lives.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

The best way you can start practicing gratitude is to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people. Attitudes are like magnets; positive attitudes attract positive attitudes, and negative attitudes attract negative attitude. So, it's essential to be around positive people!

Surround yourself with people who believe in themselves and who believe in other people.

How to Spot a Positive Person

Positive people look for the bright side of things in life! They consider “the glass half full” and not “half empty”, and they tend to worry less because of it.

Positive people work hard to keep friendships going, they commit to making their business relationships work, they flee from gossip and negativity, and they stay away from people that do and say hurtful things.

Author, Jim Rohn, puts it so clearly when he says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” 

Look for the Gratitude Anywhere

If you look hard enough for gratitude, you can find it!

An example I want to give is when a business owner attends a big business event where they get to hear incredible stories of how their company has helped so many people, whether it's through charity work, donations or recognition. Just hearing those stories can leave someone feeling so grateful for the people that helped other people, especially if they know they played a small role themselves in helping transform someone's life.

Some people may hear these stories and feel proud of what they helped accomplish in someone else's life, but a positive person will feel grateful for helping others. It's all in how you decide to look for gratitude.

Gratitude is a Gift that Gives Back

Let me remind you of something I said at the beginning of this article, ‘gratitude gives back.'

What this means is that when you have gratitude and when you're living a life of gratitude for what you have, more comes to you. It's a beautiful gift!

For example, it's hard to be sad, depressed, angry, mad, or bitter when you are filled with gratitude, so, when you practice gratitude, gratitude gives you your emotional health back!

Make Gratitude a Daily Routine

If you find that you struggle with being positive or grateful, one way that can really help you start down this path is to start a ‘gratitude' journal. This way, you intentionally sit down every day or night and write down five or more things that you're grateful for in your life. This can even include what things you are thankful for that happened in your day or week.

Now, if you find you don't have time or the means to write as often as you'd like, that shouldn't stop you because you can still speak words of gratitude out loud, through prayer or meditation. If you do this enough, it will eventually become second nature!

What Are You Thankful For?

Write or speak on what you are thankful for, whether it's your family, your friends, your faith, your business, your health, and more! Search your heart to see what you all have to be thankful for; you'd be surprised the blessings you take for granted, that we all take for granted!

Don't be worried about being repetitive either; being repetitive about what you're thankful for is a sign of the main things that you cherish in your life! Make sure, though, to add new things to your gratitude journal or speech too.

Break out of the Blues with Gratitude

If you have a day where you're feeling a little bitter, maybe some resentment, some jealousy, sadness or anger, practice being grateful.

If social media is feeding your negativity or perhaps is making you feel bad about yourself, detox from it a while and then come back. If you are with the right positive tribe on social media, you can also start to see it as a beautiful place full of positivity and inspiration; a place for you to inspire people to be grateful!

Embrace Gratitude

Whenever you are feeling any negative feelings, make an effort to sit down and make a list of all the things you are grateful for and try to see if you can't get yourself out of it; out of any feelings of bitterness, out of any place of sadness.

When you're in a place of gratitude, it's hard to have any negativity. It's not impossible, but it is more possible than you think, and it can leave a positive impact on your life!

Share in the comments below: How will you start to practice gratitude today?


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