Knowing how to express our gratitude for the positive aspects of our daily life brings benefits that have been proven by scientific research. By practicing gratitude, we protect our physical health, improve our sleep, reduce the risk of depression, and maintain good relationships with those around us. This habit makes us more optimistic and helps us limit stress and ruminations. So why wait? Here are some practical ideas to put in place as soon as possible:
Start as soon as you wake up
When you are in bed in the morning, just before you get up and start your day, take a moment to think about three things that you are thankful for. It could be your kids, the comfort of your bed or your job, everything works, from the smallest detail to the vaguest. The goal is to find three new things every morning. Some people like to write them down in a notebook, others record them, and still others prefer to make a mental note.
Choose your language
People who are used to practicing gratitude on a daily basis know that the choice of words is important. Instead of worrying and complaining, try to twist your sentences to make them more positiveIt’s both in your head and in the words you express. Even a simple thank you can be improved when it is given more importance. For example, instead of saying “thank you for this weekend” to your sister, say “thank you for taking care of the children so well this weekend”.
Any time is a good time to thank or to let someone know how much you appreciated their help and support, even years later. Sharing your feeling of gratitude is one way of giving back what you have been given. Nothing prevents you from also thanking people who have provided support to your loved ones such as a mistress of your child or a caregiver who took care of a member of your family.