In a world filled with constant hustle and bustle, it’s easy to overlook the simple joys and blessings that surround you on a daily basis. In the midst of your busy life, taking a moment to express gratitude can be a transformative practice that nourishes your soul and brings you peace. As author Brene Brown rightly said, “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Let’s delve into the power of gratitude, exploring its benefits and sharing insights on how to cultivate a daily practice that can bring lasting positivity and joy into your life. So, join us on this journey of gratitude and discover the incredible impact it can have on your well-being.

Gratitude is a practice.

I have a daily gratitude routine.  Each evening as part of my journaling, I write down at least 3 things that I’m grateful are in my life right now. 

It can be so easy to let the hardships and negativity in your life take over. After all, they often take up a lot of space in your life and brain. So, I counter that by practicing gratitude. It shifts my focus for a couple of minutes. That shift helps me to stop the negativity spin in my brain. It brings awareness to the the good things in my life and helps me to focus on them instead.

When things aren’t going as I expect, this is a powerful practice that helps me to remember the many good things that are in my life already. It’s not automatic thought. It is a practice that I have to keep doing so that I’m not stuck in that negative space.

What about you? 

How often do you express gratitude for the many things, people, and opportunities that you have in your life?

It’s not just for Thanksgiving!

We always hear about gratitude at Thanksgiving.  Some people will spend the month of November posting on social media one thing each day on November for which they are grateful.  A lot of people will share at the Thanksgiving table the things for which the are grateful.  Both of these ideas are fine ways to remember to be grateful for the many blessings that we have.


What if you practiced gratitude year round? 

You don’t have to stop being grateful as soon as you push away from your Thanksgiving meal.  On Black Friday, you might express gratitude for the great deals that you found or maybe you’re grateful to avoid the stores altogether & go outside to be in nature instead.  Whatever you notice, be grateful the next day as well. 

How long can you keep this gratitude going in your life? What if you made it a daily practice? Your outlook on life would be sure to change!

Notice how your body responds to gratitude.

When you’re practicing being grateful, have you ever noticed your body?  I have!

When I express gratitude, my own body is relaxed and happy.  If I was tense, then that tension will ease as I notice the good things that are happening to and for me.  i find that it’s hard to be tense or upset when I’m grateful.

Give it a try!

When you express gratitude, notice your own body as well?  How do you feel in the moment?  Do you find more ease?  Or does your body react in a different way?

Everything that you do and experience in life has an impact on your body. Gratitude is no different. If gratitude can reduce the tension in your body, wouldn’t that be a wonderful side benefit to a daily gratitude practice?

What’s stopping you?

If expressing gratitude isn’t a daily habit for you already, what stops you from bringing this practice into your daily routine? 

It doesn’t take a lot of time to write down 3 things for which you are grateful.  Schedule it into your routine if you need to.  Give yourself the gift of being grateful for the things already going well in your life.  Notice how your body reacts & then do it again the next day. 

A practice of gratitude really can be that simple.  Shift your focus away from the hardships and negativity in your life and join me in this very healing practice.

Make sure to share this with someone you know who could use the benefits of a gratitude practice too!

Embracing a daily practice of gratitude has the potential to transform your life, allowing you to appreciate the beauty in the ordinary and find contentment in the present moment. Take the time to acknowledge and express gratitude for the blessings that surround you, and open yourself up to a world of joy, positivity, and a deeper connection with yourself and those around you. So, let’s continue on this journey of gratitude, nurturing your soul and savoring the simple joys that life has to offer. Start today and experience the incredible impact that cultivating gratitude can have on your well-being.

Becky is a Yoga Therapist & has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves to match people with a yoga practice that helps them to feel better every day & believes that there is a yoga practice for everyone. Click here to sign up for her mailing list & get all of the important news & tips first!


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