Why Practice Gratitude
It is so easy to see what is wrong with a situation or someone’s behavior. Our society does a great job of teaching us how to see the worst in others. We are experts in focusing on our judgments. We see it everywhere – on the news, on social media, and at school and work.
So, how do we get the judgment out of our thoughts and mouths and find new ways to uplift ourselves and others? The same way we make any change – one thought and one word at a time. It starts with the intention followed by the commitment and then the practice.
Here are four practical ways to shift your mindset from judgment to upliftment:
- Catch yourself when you are about to say something negative or judgmental and reframe your words to ones of appreciation.
- Practice appreciation and gratitude.
- Stop others, or at least offer a positive reframe, in conversations with colleagues or family members.
- Practice gratitude daily – make a list of the things you are grateful for, either in writing or in your thoughts like counting sheep. I keep a gratitude journal and try to count my blessings each night as I fall asleep.
It takes practice and vigilance. November is a time when we tend to count our blessings and practice gratitude. It’s a great time to start or renew the practice.
So why should anyone even care about practicing appreciation or gratitude. Like anything else, it feels good doing so. It will uplift your spirits. And the more you practice gratitude, the more you will be uplifted, and that is the beginning of raising your vibration and creating your own happiness.
If you want to go deeper into this discussion, if you are challenged in your thinking and want to be around others who are working on raising their vibration, join our Life Mapping Community. As a member, attend our monthly mastermind sessions where we share our experiences, our challenges, and uplift each other in the practice of Life Mapping.
Announcing our 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
We start Nov 21-Dec 21. We are asking you to keep a gratitude journal and write down at least 5 things you are grateful for each day. Click here to join and get more specific instructions.