Eleven Ways to Show Gratitude for Abundance
1. Surround Yourself with Beauty
Look for ways to add visual beauty in your surroundings. Treat yourself to fresh flowers every week. Get rid of clutter by finding 11 Ways to Express Gratitude. Find ways to incorporate images that bring you peace into everyday items such as your coffee mug, your mouse you’re your pens, inspirational posters—even your yoga mat!
2. Dress for Success
No, this doesn’t mean wearing a power-suit, or whatever is most fashionable in women’s business wear today. We’re talking specifically about Yoga clothing!
Everyone will tell you, “wear comfortable clothing”. What they don’t seem to do is remind you that you are going to be trying out a variety of different poses, and—contrary to all those elegant yoga site photos—probably working up a visible sweat, if you’re brand new to it.
DO wear moisture-wicking, breathable clothes (PARTICULARLY sensible, cotton underwear—no lacy nylon); and if you wear shorts, make sure they are neither too tight/short, nor so loose that your mat-mates behind you get treated to more than they wanted to see!
Ditto tops. If you wear open back or loose tops, make sure that you have a well-fitting, no-nonsense Sports bra on underneath.
3. Incorporate Color Therapy
Color has been shown to enhance mood … or knock it down. If you’re most comfortable hiding in dark, dull colors, that’s okay … but now is your perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and wear gorgeous, rich and vibrant colors to boost your mood.
This is especially relevant to yoga clothing! Light colors or whites show up a sweat—as do dull colors. Go neon, even. Rich magenta; energizing, jewel-toned turquoise; bright, playful purple; happy orange—whatever color speaks to you the most, dare to wear it. Embrace your joyful side.
And see where else in your life you can use color for mood-boosting and gratitude enhancement too.
4. Practice Gratitude Waking and Falling Asleep
The quickest way to get into the habit of gratitude: Find three things to be grateful for, first thing in the morning—before even opening your eyes. And when your head hits the pillow, think of three things you were grateful for that happened during the day. (And feel free to add more, if you like!)
5. Heal Relationships with Gratitude
No matter how angry you are with someone, don’t go to bed without thinking about, finding and telling them something you love about them.
6. Find Small Things You Take for Granted
Sometimes the things we should be most grateful for, we miss. Instead, we take them for granted.
Looking for these small, overlooked details of our lives helps teach us to be more situationally aware, so that our appreciation for all the wonders of life naturally grows—including what is wonderful about others.
7. Volunteer Your Time
Nothing helps us see our blessings more clearly than volunteering to help those who are in pain. Nothing helps us love others more than working with others for a common, positive goal.
You may already be donating money to do your part—and that’s wonderful. But volunteer your time too, and get out there in your community. When you help others, you quickly learn that you are the one blessed, with something to be grateful for, in the transaction.
8. Be Grateful for Your Business
What happened today in the business that made you happy or made you feel enriched? Which client had a breakthrough or made you feel appreciated? Which team member came through for you, or caught a potentially costly mistake?
Don’t be one of the millions who gush about their personal lives and treat their business, clients, and staff as part of the furniture. A little appreciation and gratitude expression goes a long, long way to increase our enjoyment of life in all its facets.
At the very least, finish with a message such as: “You’ve downloaded my nifty [XX ways to XX something”]. If you’ve found it useful, please share it with your tribe.” (Then include your SHARING BUTTONS.)
9. Reframe Your Conversation
Ever catch yourself complaining about someone or something? Ever berate yourself with negative self-talk?
Don’t. No matter how justified the former might be, you hurt yourself when you fall into negative thoughts. If something is wrong, tell the person directly and do your best to resolve it. Don’t complain in a forum or gossip with your best friend.
As for negative self-talk, if you don’t talk kindly to yourself, you’ll find it much harder to love others.
10. Forgive Yourself, as well as Others
Forgiveness is a wonderful healing tool, especially when you let go of old griefs and long-standing hurts. It often helps us more than it helps those we forgive. Forgiving does not mean forgetting. You can forgive someone, but not allow them repeat hurtful behavior. You can forgive someone, recognizing they are stuck in a dark place, even when they are not sorry.
Forgiveness is liberating. It is an act; not a feeling … just as you are not your mistakes. You are a whole person who loves and evolves and grows. So, among all the other hurts and humiliations and mistakes you are forgiving, be sure to forgive yourself too.
11. Write Thank You Letters
Think of people in your life who make your life better. Write them thank-you letters … even if you never send them.
Putting in words what you appreciate about the people in your life (past or present) is a wonderful way of creating neural pathways of gratitude in your brain.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed 11 Ways to Express Gratitude – Part 1.
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About The Author:
My name is Lungisa Sonqishe, I am Personal Brand & Business Strategy Coach
My mission is to activate the spark within others and remind them of their greatness and to act as the way-shower to their true passion.