1. Change your language and your heart will open
Be mindful and conscious of how you talk to others and yourself and watch how your life opens up to more things to be grateful for. It’s impossible to be fearful and appreciative at the same time, so the next time you find yourself in a negative place, take a step back, shift your thoughts to what you are grateful for in your life and let your heart open.
2. Find a gratitude partner
Find someone close to you to help you keep your thoughts positive and focused on seeing the glass as two-thirds full. Gratefulness is a muscle that needs to be worked out on a regular basis. Similar to a running or walking partner, your gratitude partner is there to keep you on track and encourage you to get back on track when you slip back to negative thinking.
3. Remember those who have been there for you
One helpful way to begin practicing gratefulness is by remembering those who have helped you through difficult times, or were by your side to celebrate joyous moments in your life. Taking the time to remember those who showed you great empathy or kindness, acted as a mentor or believed in you, will expand your gratitude threshold. You may wish to write those special friends a letter of thanks or read it aloud to someone face to face.
4. Start a gratitude journal
Think you don’t have time to do this? Think again! Just write down five things you are grateful for before going to bed each night. Then increase your list as needed. At the beginning of each day review your list from the previous day and then begin each new day with a personalized sense of gratitude.