11 – Sharing gratitude

11 - Sharing gratitude

Gratitude is surprisingly easy to do. It depends on where you place your attention. You can focus on what is missing in your life, or you can focus on what is present. A wise man once said; “Pray for what you already have in your life and you will never be disappointed.”

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with gratitude

To help you get started, look at the categories of gratitude that you can reflect upon. As you look over this list, imagine what life would be like without this item.

Step 2: Use a journal, your mobile phone or cards to keep track of your gratitude. Each day for the next week, write down 1 – 3 things you are grateful for that day.

Step 3: Why not taking gratitude a step further by sharing it with others. Sharing gratitude helps you connect with others. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Begin sharing your gratitude, then ask others what they have gratitude for
  • Write a gratitude letter to someone who has done something helpful, kind, caring or compassionate for you. Then, after writing your letter of thanks, share this letter with that person.
  • Share the story behind one of the things you are grateful for with another person.