6 Easy Ways to Show Gratitude Every Day
You have to give joy to get joy
Truth: It’s kind of a major mood booster to express appreciation for all the little things that make life great. Here, six super-simple ways to give thanks every day.
KEEP A SENTENCE-A-DAY JOURNAL
No, you don’t have to write a novel to track your thankfulness. Instead, make it a goal to jot down a single sentence about one thing that made you happy over the course of your day. (Maybe it’s your new haircut. Maybe it’s the joke your BFF told you over gchat.) It’s a good way to focus on the positive--and also create a record of back-to-back joyful things.
SEND A PHYSICAL THANK YOU NOTE
Expressing kind words on pretty paper is one of the easiest ways to give thanks. And receiving a gift isn’t the only reason to send one. The next time your coworker goes above and beyond on an everyday task or your neighbor carries your newspaper up to your door, consider it the perfect excuse to write a card.
OFFER TO MAKE A COFFEE RUN
You’re running to Starbucks, anyway. It’s no big deal to collect an extra order and pick up a cup for your nanny/cubemate/S.O. Going out of your way to do something thoughtful shows you’re thinking outside yourself—and appreciate everything others do for you.
GIVE A STRANGER A COMPLIMENT
The lady you just passed on the street who looks great in orange? Let her know. Sadly, most of the time, we speak up only when we need to complain. Giving a compliment out of the blue is generous, easy and a fantastic way to brighten someone else’s day.
COMMENT ON INSTAGRAM
Your friend posted a hilarious baby pic that totally made you smile. Don’t just be a social media voyeur. Post a quick note--or emoji--to show that you loved and were grateful for the moment she shared.
MAKE A PACT NOT TO COMPLAIN FOR 24 HOURS
Negativity quashes your ability to feel grateful nearly every single time. Set a timer if you have to, but promise yourself that you’re going to put a temporary hold on any critical opinions you’d like to voice for a total of a day. Trust us, every hour counts.