“If the only prayer you say in life is “thank you,” it would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
Based on researches led by Dr. Robert A. Emmons, practicing gratitude can increase your happiness by as much as 25 percent. What is gratitude? Oxford dictionary defines gratitude as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Here are three practical tips to live your life in a state of gratitude.
Tip #1: Keep a gratitude journal.
Spend a few minutes every day to write down everything that you are grateful for in your life. You can start by writing down five things that you’re grateful in your life. Anything goes. It can be a beautiful sunset, roaring ocean waves, and a peaceful walk in the park.
Buy a journal that will only be used for this purpose. Imagine a notebook filled with thanks. When you feel down, open your gratitude journal. Read a few lines. Let the blessings in your life filled your being. You’ll shift the state of your mind from a state of negativity to a state of contentment immediately.
Tip #2: Make an effort to send thank you emails or cards whenever possible.
On a daily basis, make a conscious effort of sending thank you emails to project team members or colleagues who have done a good job for their deliverables or assignments. Sincerely congratulate them a job well done and acknowledge the time and effort they have spent for their work.
When a project milestone is achieved, send thank you emails or hand-written thank you cards to core project team members to acknowledge their contribution. You’ll be amazed the responses you’ll receive by this simple act of kindness.
Tip #3: Smile.
When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. Smile boosts your immune system. Smile puts you in the present moment. Smile gives others a better experience when they interact with you. Smile is a selfless act. Smile creates a win-win situation.
Smile at the cashiers and ask how their day is going when you’re at the checkout counters at your local grocery stores. Smile at the staff and ask how their families are doing when you drop off your clothes at your local dry cleaning stores. Smile, acknowledge garage attendants and wish them a great day when you drop off your car at a parking garage on your way to work. Smile when you walk down the hall at your office. Smile when you talk on the phone. Let your smile come through in your voice.
I highly encourage you to incorporate these three tips in your daily life starting today. Please leave your comments below. I love to hear from you how these tips enrich your life.