By Eric Faria
Appreciation is one of the highest emotional states you can experience. When you cultivate gratitude, you’re able to feel true joy, no matter what you have or don’t have in your life. When you’re grateful for what you already have, you will naturally attract more for which you can be grateful.
To help you cultivate a persistent attitude of appreciation, here are six simple tips on how to make gratitude a natural part of your daily routine, so you can attract more joy and abundance into your life:
- Take seven minutes each morning to write down everything you appreciate in life
Starting your day this way primes you to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring. It also helps you cultivate an air of positivity that makes you naturally more attractive to other positive people – and inspires them to want to help you achieve your goals.
- Make a conscious effort to appreciate at least threepeople every day
By letting people know how much you appreciate them, you increase their own sense of appreciation and self-worth, and encourage them to pay this positive energy forward to other people.
- Play the Appreciation Game
Set a specific time each day to consciously appreciate everything you encounter. An ideal time to do this is on your way to or from work. Appreciate the people you pass, the road you walk on, the rain that’s nourishing the plants and trees, and so on.
Look for the good in all situations – even those you would normally view as negative.
- Carry a physical token of gratitude in your pocket
A physical reminder can bring you back to your practice of gratitude when your mind has drifted elsewhere. As you reach into your pocket throughout the day and feel the token, use it as a reminder to stop, breathe and take a moment to fully experience the emotion of gratitude.
- Remember to appreciate the smallest blessings
The best way to activate your gratitude is by acknowledging the gifts most people take for granted. Do you have a phone? How about a car that allows you to travel places? Is your family healthy? Do you have Internet access? Do you have clean water to drink? Celebrate the simple blessings. These daily conveniences are gifts that many people in the world do not enjoy.
- Appreciate yourself
Finally, don’t forget to appreciate your OWN positive qualities and accomplishments. In addition to celebrating your big successes, acknowledge your small daily successes also. We all need acknowledgement, but the most important acknowledgement is that which we give ourselves.
It may not feel natural at first to focus on appreciating what you already have, but by faithfully practicing these habits, you’ll begin to change your conditioning.
Even the smallest act of gratitude will have a positive impact on your life.
Eric Faria is an Emotional Intelligence Coach. He has participated in self-development trainings since 2005, using these tools in his professional coaching. He graduated from an International Coach Federation program in January 2014. Eric lives in Connecticut, and in addition to working with private clients, he gives motivational talks. For more information, or to contact him, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.