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Gratitude is like a muscle - you have to consistently work it for it to grow stronger.
Gratitude may come more naturally for some than others. But, even those people can still benefit from dedicated, daily exercise.
In past writing, we've discussed two such exercises: (1.) keeping a gratitude journal, and (2.) building a daily habit of thanking someone for something they did (no matter if it was small or large).
If you have a smartphone, here's another simple exercise to help you strengthen gratitude: take a photo of something you are thankful for every single day. Upload that photo to a free site, or simply create a "gratitude" album on your phone (or a folder on your computer). And, set aside some time to review the photos you've taken at least once a week.
tip - if your allocated review time is in the morning before you get busy, you may find you carry more gratitude through your day as a result.
Imagine the impact this simple exercise 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 single day. The secret that makes this exercise work is "always be looking."
If you are always looking, you're training yourself to strengthen gratitude. Try it this weekend.
My photo yesterday:
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