I wasn’t always a grateful person. But then again, I wasn’t always a person who ate her vegetables and flossed every night before bed. Sometimes we all need to change our ways, and that’s what happened to me when I stopped thinking of gratitude as something I do just on Thanksgiving or Christmas. When you practice gratitude every day, it becomes second nature! Here are three simple ways to get started:

Be more aware of what you’re grateful for

  • Be more aware of what you’re grateful for.
  • Write down the things that make you happy and grateful, then read them daily.
  • Make a list of all the things in your life that bring joy to your heart and mind, whether big or small. Carry this list with you at all times so that when negative thoughts creep into your head, they can be replaced with something positive instead!
  • Keep a gratitude journal where each day, write down three things that went well in the past 24 hours (or even better: one thing per hour). This helps us focus on what’s going right rather than dwelling on our problems or worries, which often makes them worse by making us feel powerless over them (and therefore less likely to solve them).

Practice mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is about being present at the moment. It’s about focusing on what you’re doing, your feelings, and your thoughts. Mindfulness is also a great way to practice gratitude because it helps you become aware of all the good things in life that we often take for granted or don’t notice at all.

The key to practicing mindfulness is being more aware of yourself:

  • How your body feels
  • What emotions are going through your head right now (fearful? happy?)?
  • What kind of situation you are currently in (at work or home)?

Here are some ways that can help:

Give thanks

Giving thanks is a great way to practice gratitude. It’s also very easy! When you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night, say “thank you” out loud. If no one else is around, say it to yourself. Think of everything that makes your life easier or better: your family, friends, and coworkers; food on your table; clothes on your back; shelter over your head; clean air–the list goes on!

Practicing gratitude is a simple way to make your life better.

Gratitude is a simple way to make your life better. It can help you feel more positive, less stressed, and more connected with others. Gratitude motivates us, so we’re more likely to be productive and achieve our goals.

The benefits of practicing gratitude are clear: mindfulness exercise helps us cultivate self-awareness by paying attention to how we experience life daily. This practice can help us appreciate what we have instead of focusing on what’s missing or lacking in our lives–which means the next time someone asks if they can borrow your phone charger or if there’s room for one more person at the dinner table (or any other situation where sharing space isn’t necessarily comfortable), try saying “yes” instead of “no.”


Gratitude is a powerful tool for improving your life. It can make you happier, healthier, and more successful. If you want to start practicing gratitude, there are many ways to do so: from keeping a gratitude journal or taking time each day to reflect on what makes life worth living, all the way up through donating money or volunteering time at a local shelter.