Gratitude is like a muscle - you have to work it consistently for it to get stronger.
It comes more naturally for some than others. But even those people can still benefit from dedicated, daily exercise.
In our online course, we discuss keeping a gratitude journal, and making a pointed effort to thank someone daily for something they did.
If you have a smartphone, here's another simple way to cultivate gratitude: every day, take a photo of something you are thankful for (or, something that makes you happy). Upload that photo to a free site, or simply create a "gratitude" album in the photos section of your phone or on your computer.
Every week, review the photos you have taken. Imagine the impact this will have on you after a week or two. Or, after a few months (or years!).
Family members, outings, a blooming flower, your pet, a favorite meal, a picture of a journal entry you made, the moon, friends, a passage from a book, a movie poster, a screenshot of an email, article, or comment - the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
But, find something every day. The secret that makes this exercise work is "always be looking."
If you are always looking, you're training yourself to cultivate gratitude. Try it this week.
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