If I could take away one thing I have learned this year, it is the ability to practice gratitude. With Thanksgiving around the corner in the U.S., it’s a great reminder to all of us to be thankful-not just for the holiday but to practice it in everyday life. Expressing gratitude is more than just “the right thing to do.” Research indicates that gratitude practices boost emotional well-being and physical health. A simple act to recognize the good in our lives has so many benefits, including-but not limited to-increasing our long-term happiness, boosting our self esteem, making us more likable to others, and reducing symptoms of depression. Who doesn’t want all of these things? So take a look 5 easy ways one can make gratitude a part of their day.
Take a Walk: The weather here in Delhi NCR is finally getting better, which means its less hot and the pollution is finally letting up. A simple way to practice gratitude is to take in the decent weather and get outside while it lasts: the wintery sun, the cooler breeze, it feels really good!
Touch base with your Loved ones: We tend to take our loved ones for granted. Have you been meaning to catch up with a friend or family member? Reach out to them! Ask how they’re doing, and maybe even plan a coffee date. This simple act of giving your loved ones your undivided attention is a great way to thank them for supporting you through thick and thin.
Meditate: This year, I’ve started meditating for my mental health. Through my practice, I’ve learned that meditation includes some quiet time to reflect on the blessings we have and see what we are grateful for daily. It has allowed me to see the good within myself and around me-hence automatically uplifting my mood.
Focus on the Good: Whether it is reflecting through meditation or maintaining a gratitude journal, taking out a few minutes to jot down a few highlights of the day will-again-put everything into perspective. When you focus on the good, you feel good, and it boosts your mood.
Saying Thank You-Sometimes it’s really that simple. Sending a thank you note or a message, or even verbally saying “thank you” for the smallest things is one of the easiest ways to express gratitude.
Gratitude is a great feeling with so many benefits. By practicing the ways above, I’ve definitely seen a difference in myself. That being said, we’re all human and we have our slip-ups. However, by making an effort to add gratitude into our daily life, it improves our quality about life and the lives of others. So with this Thanksgiving, let’s make try to infuse gratitude in our lives! Happy Thanksgiving!