Is practicing presence enough for living your best life?
What if, for example, your “here and now” isn’t particularly awesome?
There’s value in identifying things you’d like to change.
This is, after all, the first step in improving our lives or the world in general.
Focusing only on dissatisfaction, disappointment, or discontent, however, is a miserable existence.
Identifying things that make life, even if only a bit, better.
As with any new habit, there are three keys to practicing gratitude.
Start with a schedule.
Start with structure.
Gratitude may eventually become effortless.
If you’re currently not doing it at all, however, you’ll want to make time for it.
Even one minute is usually sufficient for identifying and expressing gratitude.
This is more about making time at all than it is about the duration of time made.
You might find practicing gratitude first thing in the morning helpful toward starting your day on the right foot.
Next, determine “how”.
Are you going to think, write, or speak aloud your gratitude?
This seems like a minor detail, but deciding ahead removes friction of choice.
How are you going to initiate the process?
Consider starting with “I am grateful for…”
How many things are you going to identify?
If you’re not sure, one is fine.
Finally, start small.
Make this easy.
Don’t worry about depth, significance, or grandeur.
You might feel pressure to identify factors like friends, family, or socioeconomic status.
If that doesn’t feel right, it’s totally cool to express gratitude for the small things.
Another day above ground.
You may even find the small things make gratitude feel more “real”.
It doesn’t matter how seemingly big or small.
You alone decide what to appreciate.
Gratitude is gratitude.
You are worthy of the best life.
Consider how you might already be on your way.
You’ve got this.