(originally posted on 21 July 2019)
Hi! And welcome to Be the Sunshinee!
My number one goal with my blog is to share my passion and love for helping others live their happiest lives in every season. As I’ve grown in my life through the years I’ve come to the conclusion that GRATITUDE is the number one reason and the best way I’ve been able to truly and freely live my own happiest life.
Gratitude really became a huge part of my life in February of 2017. I was sitting in church one day when the word randomly popped into my head and I literally have not been able to get it out of my mind since then. I got the word tattooed on my left bicep a few months later and it’s been a daily reminder to always find the good in every day.
Today I’m beyond excited to share my tips for how I actively live a more gratitude filled life!
If you’re going to take away anything from today’s post, let it be this.
Finding the bright side in every situation.
This is so much easier said than done, trust me, I know. It’s not something you can just automatically start doing. It takes practice, discipline, determination, and a lot of mindfulness. You really have to actively WANT to find the good. Sometimes you have to force yourself to find the good in every situation, especially the bad ones.
Now, I’m not talking about any sort of traumatic situation or a death of a loved one because that’s a totally different topic. I’m talking about every day life.
Learning to find the “good” in times of trouble allows you to look for the lesson and be grateful for what it’s teaching you. Changing your mindset from “why is this happening to me” to “what is this trying to teach me? What am I supposed to learn from this?” is such a game changer.
For example: A few years ago I was headed into work when I accidentally crashed my car into a fire hydrant. Yes… you read that right. At first a million cuss words started running through my head, I was irritated that I was going to be late for work, and stressed out about the fact that now I had no mode of transportation. But then, a strange wave of gratitude washed over me and I actually started laughing to myself. Because although I now had to get my car fixed, didn’t have any way to get around, and looked like a damn idiot with my car stuck to a fire hydrant- I was grateful the giant dent over my front passenger tire would finally get fixed (someone hit me in the Walmart parking lot the summer before). Sounds kind of silly but this was the first instance that sticks out in my memory where I was only focused on the good in what most people would call a shitty situation.
Like I said, this isn’t easy. You have to actively, thoughtfully, and constantly remind yourself to look for the good. And while it’s not easy, it is SO SO damn worth it.
Surround yourself with positivity.
For me, positivity and gratitude go hand in hand. This may seem so simple but that also means it’s so easy to overlook it. This can be applied to literally every aspect of your life. Ranging from the people you allow in your life, the things you watch on TV, the content you follow on social media, the food you fuel your body with, the things you spend your money on. Literally everything! Creating a life of positivity obviously helps you live a more positive life, which in turn helps keep you happy, which in turn helps you to better live in gratitude. When you love the people you surround yourself with, you’re grateful for the time you get to spend with them. When you only watch shows or movies that add value to your life or provide some sort of entertainment, you’re grateful for the downtown you get to spend relaxing. When you follow positive and inspiring accounts on social media, you look at social media in a new light. When you’re fueling your body with food that is nourishing you have more energy and you feel better! The more positivity you bring into your life, the more things you will have to be grateful for.
Acknowledging what you are grateful for on a daily basis.
Again, this is something SO simple but can make such a huge difference in your life. Actively stating out loud or writing down exactly what you are grateful for and thanking the universe for providing you with those things is vital! You could say these things to a friend or family member, you could writing them in a journal, you could keep them in a note on your phone. Whatever floats your boat and works best for YOU! You can start with 1 thing each day, 3-5 things or even 10 things! (Although, I personally think 10 is too many for daily acknowledgment). But the act of physically saying “thank you” for all you are grateful for allows not only YOU to fully appreciate each thing but it also throws that positivity energy back into the universe and create the kind of good karma you want to receive.
Find joy in the ordinary everyday.
My last tip for living a more gratitude filled life is to simply be grateful for all things, no matter how small. I think a lot of people wait for a big job promotion or a special event to practice gratitude. WHY?! Celebrate and find the joy and gratitude in your regular day to day life!! Something as simple getting all green lights on your way to work. Something as simple as eating your favorite breakfast before work. Something as simple as a stranger sharing a smile with you or holding the door open. Being able to find the joy in your every day allows you find happiness in your everyday. All in all, this boosts your mood, helps you focus on the positive, and makes each day something to be grateful for.
These are some simple and basic tips you can start implementing into your everyday life to live a more gratitude filled life. I hope this was helpful for you in some way. Like I said, it is my biggest goal to inspire others to live their happiest lives. Practicing and living in daily gratitude has made one of the biggest difference on the quality of my life. I’d love to hear any tips you have on how you live a life of gratitude!! I hope you have a great week and just know how I grateful I am for every person reading this post!