Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before. -Maya Angelou @foreverrikk

This time of year always reminds me of the importance of GIVING. Giving thanks, giving gifts of love, and giving gratitude are things that I have been trying to add to my daily practice. Simply just giving thanks. I grew up in the church and always heard the saying that, "Hallelujah, is the highest praise." It's a form of thanks, a form of praise, a form of gratitude to God.

So why not apply this high form of gratitude to my own life?

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I will admit that 2016 was a year that I was not able to truly take care of myself and love myself and recognize the small things that I have done and thank myself for just showing up and BEING present. I was very critical with myself this year. Pointing out the things that went wrong in a situation rather than taking a moment to be proud of my accomplishments no matter how great or small they were.

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I have recently realized that I can NOT take this mentality into the new year with me and I need to switch up this mindset, ASAP. I went soul searching, aka listening to a bunch of podcast, meditating, reading more, and most recently actually started attending church again. Which brought me back to the point of realization, that I simply just need to be thankful.

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The simple act of gratitude on a regular basis will change anyone’s life, positively and immediately. I'm a living witness. I would love to share with you guys some simple ways you can incorporate gratitude into your life. Not all of these will apply to everyone but pick and choose what works for you, these are just some examples that I have found to work for myself and people who I surround myself with.

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  • Start your morning with Gratitude. Have a morning gratitude session with yourself. Take at least one minute and think about something you are grateful for. Think about people who have been good to you in your life, and think about the good things that are actually happening in your life. Just thinking about these things will automatically make you feel better in the morning, even though its only 60 seconds. Try to make this a  morning ritual.
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  • Having a bad day? Make a list. Create a list of things you are grateful for when you are having one of those days. Your car broke down, you lost a friend, your boss yelled at you, whatever the case may be. Take these moments as an opportunity to give thanks. Sometimes when I pray/meditate I don't ask for anything, I just simply give thanks. For life, health, and strength.
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  • Don't get mad, get glad. Corny I know, but seriously. I learned this lesson a long time ago before I even knew that I was learning something that would help me out so much in my adulthood. As a child I would get yelled at by my parents all the time. I used to think arguing back, having a smart mouth or even getting upset and having an attitude with my parents was the key to getting even, but no. Actually taking a moment, embracing and trying to understand why my parents were upset with me in the first  place was the first step. Then being thankful for having someone that cares about me enough to put me in my place was another way for me to switch my attitude up. My aunt would always quote the scripture Proverbs 15:1 to me: "Agentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." 
  • When faced with a challenge in life, be grateful for it. Seriously, take on this challenge. Embrace it and be glad that whoever presented this to you, trusts and believes in your ability to get it done. Be grateful for that. Many people will see something difficult as a bad thing. If something goes wrong, they feel it’s a reason to complain, it’s a time of self-pity. That won’t get you anywhere. Trust me, I know. Take this challenge as an opportunity to grow, to learn.
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    "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey