It can be so easy to get bogged down with everyday stresses that we forget to see how blessed we truly are. According to this Forbes.com article, practicing gratitude can increase mental strength, improve sleep and improve physical health.
But I've noticed something even more amazing about gratitude - when you look for it you notice it so much more! It's the Frequency Illusion at work, what you seek, you find, just like the Bible says.
But where to begin? Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up 10 ways to practice gratitude this year. So let’s begin, in no particular order, here are some great ways to practice gratitude!
#1 25 Days of Gratitude Challenge - Natural Beach Living
You up for a challenge? These challenges are simple and easy. Take a few minutes a day to think about what/who you are thankful for. Check out this free printable from Natural Beach Living to do by yourself, with family or friends.
#2 Gratitude Journal Heart Pack - Debt Free Charts
Looking to make gratitude simple and fun? Try my Gratitude Journal Heart Pack. I designed these to make gratitude easy, you don't have to write a book, just one line a day is all it takes.
There are 12 different pages included one for each month, and each page has 32 lines perfect for using one line for the month and year, and the rest for daily gratitude that month.
Plus these are great for your whole family. Everyone can style them how they like and then hang them on the wall as a reminder of what your household really treasures.
#3 Gratitude Game - Teach Beside Me
When you have little ones at home, it's great to find ways to teach them without lecturing. Games are a great way to do that. Here is a fun, easy way to practice gratitude, and spend time with your family. Kayrn from TeachBesideMe.com has a great game using pick up sticks.
Want to get your creative juices flowing? Angela from Teaching Mama has the perfect gratitude project for you. Draw it big and put it on the wall, or small and keep it on a desk. Each leaf has something you’re grateful for. When you’re done, you have a beautiful art piece.
I also love this Gratitude Tree from Michael’s. The wooden tree by Creatology is perfect, and the link shows you everything you need to make it your own.
#5 Coloring Pages on Gratitude - Debt Free Charts
One of the best ways to focus on what you’re grateful for is to stop and reflect. Well, it’s hard for me to sit still, also, if I’m too still I might end up falling asleep! Coloring is a great way to relax and still be present.
#6 Give Thanks Bible Study - She Reads Truth
"Biblical gratitude is at the core of what it means to faithfully walk with Christ. It is the habit of turning our hearts and minds to the active work of God. True gratitude is a posture of worship, of taking time in all circumstances to notice, remember, and praise God for who He is, what He has done, and what He continues to do."
This is a 3 week Scripture Study all about Gratitude. You can purchase the amazingly beautiful Study Book, or follow the daily reading list free!
#7 Printable Gratitude Quotes - Filling the Jars
Fill your home with gratitude, it's easy with these cute Printable Gratitude Quotes by Julie over at Filling the Jars. I could just see them framed up and hung in just about every room. What a simple and beautiful reminder to be grateful!
#8 Gratidoodles - Debt Free Charts
Gratitude is the antidote. Gratitude refocuses us on the positives in our lives, it grounds us in the good.
When life gets hard that's when it's especially important to pull your focus off the hard things, start stacking the Gratitude, and notice how much better you feel!⠀⠀
Notice what’s working, notice your blessings, notice the beauty, notice your successes.
Start with Gratitude for the simple things, it doesn’t have to be profound.
That’s why I made this Gratidoodles page, to help you want to write down something you’re grateful for every day. It’s got 30 spaces, you can write, you can draw, you can decorate, you can scribble, but fill this page up and feel the difference in your perspective.⠀
#9 Gratitude Jar - Organize My House
Have you set this year as the year your family focuses on being grateful? Then Chrissy’s Gratitude Jar from OragnizeMyHouse.com is the way to go. Each week everyone can add something they are thankful for. On New Year’s Eve everyone gathers around and reads what each other put. Not only will it help you reflect on the past year, but you’ll see what stood for your family.
#10 Thanksgiving All Year Long - Debt Free Charts
I don’t think you can think of gratitude without thinking of Thanksgiving. I made this pack specifically for Thanksgiving Day. However, I think they work great with any Gratitude Dinner, all year long.
There are many ways to show gratitude, I hope you are inspired to try at least one of these ways to make Gratitude a bigger part of your life.