I don’t know about you, but to me… The happiest, most successful people are often those that seem the most grateful for what they have in their lives. And I can see why!
Recent studies have actually shown that displays of gratitude can make us more optimistic, while reducing our negativity in the process – which is a huge reason to practice being grateful each and every day.
We are talking all about the importance of journaling in terms of boosting our mental health and well-being (and also, our productivity in the long-run) on Episode 093 this week so I want to share how practicing gratitude can be a means of boosting our happiness and productivity in all facets of our lives.
I want to encourage you to think about what you’re most grateful for at least once each day… Because the more that we begin to make gratitude a priority, and the more that we are able to recognize the things that we most appreciate, the more likely that practicing gratitude will become second nature and the happier we will be!
We talk a lot about this on Episode 093, and I think that this is a huge help when it comes to making gratitude a priority in our lives.
Find a notebook or a journal and keep it in your bag, on your desk at work, or by your bedside table and find a time during the day that you can devote to spending five or ten minutes (or longer!) to write down the things that you are most thankful for. If it helps for you to write about one or two positive aspects of your day, by all means!
The more that we write down these small moments of happiness in our lives, the more likely we are to remember them in the future – especially on those days when nothing seems to be going as planned. We all have those, right?
When it comes to happiness, being thankful for what we have is key, so remember to really hone in on the positive moments when they crop up… and celebrate them in your journal!
Just as much as you may like to receive great feedback, appreciation, or acknowledgment whenever you have done someone a favor or have done something nice “just because”… Other people love to receive the same kindness in return!
If a friend, coworker, family member, or even a stranger goes above and beyond, be sure to verbalize your appreciation for them and for what they have done for you.
Going to your coworker’s office with their favorite coffee or snack, heading over to your neighbor’s house with a card or some cookies, or just calling a friend to let them know how much you appreciate them is a huge way to boost their happiness and yours.
What it all comes down to is making time for others and expressing our gratitude… So, make interacting with the people around you in a positive way one of your priorities, as that easily leaves a lasting impression and provides us with a bounty of rewards in terms of our overall happiness.
If you remember from Season 7 of the podcast: Happiness is one of the keys to productivity… Be sure to cultivate it whenever and wherever you can!
Respect looks different to each of us. But, there are many common ways that we show respect. A few ways to show respect even when you’re in a foul mood can include smiling, showing kindness, exhibiting patience, and listening to others! You might even find that these habits help you shift your mood.
The more that we treat others with the same level of courtesy that we expect in return, the more likely we are to create the positive experiences that we can then express our gratitude for.
I know, I know… depending on what you have going on your plate on any given day, this one can be super difficult to achieve. But it’s important that we try!
Because here’s the thing: Every time we complain, we are reinforcing a negative state of mind without offering any solution to the problem at hand – and that’s seldom beneficial.
Instead, try to shift your perspective to something positive the next time that you feel the tension inside of you start to rise; take a few deep breaths, write your feelings down (and take a peek at that gratitude journal we talked about before), and see what happens!
Volunteering in your community is a great way to boost your gratitude! Because here’s a well-known secret among diehard volunteers: acts of kindness can be even more beneficial to you than they may be to those you serve. And I know that sounds silly, but it’s true!
Giving back to your community is a sure way to boost your happiness and emotional well-being, and it’s a great way to show others in your community that you care and that you’re there for them.
If you don’t have much time to volunteer – no problem! There are many volunteer opportunities across the nation that only ask for an hour or two of volunteer work each month, and even more that operate on a seasonal basis.
The key here is that volunteering gives you something positive to focus on while allowing you the opportunity to give back to your community at large. And in times like this, a little bit can go an incredibly long way.
What about you? What are some of the ways that you like to express your gratitude each day? Share your ideas in the comments below so we can grow in gratitude together… Also, be sure to check out Episode 093 of Productivity Paradox, where this week we’re talking all about the benefits of journaling!
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