Set up a gratitude cue
To form a new habit, you first need a cue to perform a gratitude routine.
Stopping at a red light. Seeing someone you don’t like. Your morning cup of coffee.
Couldn’t one of these things, instead of producing your regular emotions, instead be a cue to start thinking about what you’re grateful for?
Start with a cue of your choosing, and then develop your gratitude routine.
Maybe you prefer to talk to yourself.
Maybe you’re more of a thinking person.
Or maybe all you need to do is look around and see the beautiful things that surround you? You have the ability to see those things with your very own eyes. That’s wonderful.
Tell someone you’re grateful for him or her
When you share what you’re feeling, you broaden your world and create a chance for connection.
Mental health is as much social as it it is an individual experience, so let someone know what they mean to you.
The more specific you can make the compliment, the better.
But be careful, you have to mean it! If you say, “Hey Bill, I like that your hair is so hair-like,” it’s probably not going to work.
Set a gratitude reminder on your phone
Let’s face it. It’s hard to remember to be grateful all of the time.
Fortunately, our phones are attached to us like an extra appendage.
So why don’t you use this handy technology to make your life better?
Set a reminder on your phone to ask: “What are you grateful right now?”
Even better, make it a recurring reminder.
Let me know if any of these tactics work for you!
I hope they help you today–and every day–whether you’re in the midst of a stressful holiday or not. Being grateful is always a good choice.