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Sometimes, life gets hard, so hard that we feel to like giving up and  we’re prone to focusing on the things that upset us rather than appreciating the simple things that make us happy and making the necessary changes to manifest that happiness we so deserve. We improve our relationships with ourselves by giving thanks for the big AND the small things. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful or readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness. Check out these 8 way to show gratitude.

Be Thankful

Begin each day by thinking of someone or something that you are thankful for. Close your eyes by imagining that thing or person and allow yourself to feel gratitude.

Be Mindful

Be more conscious of the people around you and the kind acts of service they do. Thank someone random like some you pass by on the street or the cashier at the grocery store. Be a light in someone else’s day.

Be Appreciative

Reach out to a friend or loved one and tell them how appreciative you are to have them in your life.


Create a gratitude journal where you can record something you’re thankful for daily. You can do this at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day. Even if you’ve had a rough day, reminding yourself that you do have something to be thankful for will help boost your strength and confidence to take on the day ahead.

Start A weekly, monthly or a yearly Gratitude Jar

You can do this at the beginning of the week, month or year by writing a small note of gratitude each day and putting it in the jar. At the end of the week, month or year, open the jar and take in the many blessings you had experience throughout your journey of life.

Take A Moment To Yourself In Nature

Go to the beach or even your backyard and pay attention to your senses. Smell the air, feel the sun and breeze on your skin, and if even just for a moment, appreciate the beautiful world God has created.

Refrain From Negative Talk

We are often too quick to complain about our shortcomings instead of being appreciative of the many blessings we do have. When you’re about to complain about something that didn’t go your way, be more observatory in your language as opposed to negative judgements.

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward by doing small acts of gratitude when you’re feeling thankful. Maybe you can cook a hot meal for a homeless person or for send card and flowers to a close friend expressing your appreciation. Spread the love to the people around you.

Our thoughts can be one of our greatest strengths and by reframing the way we think and see ourselves in the world can make a huge difference on our lives and the lives of others.

How have you been practicing gratitude?

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