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Implementing gratitude promotes positivity in daily life

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It is easy in today’s culture to be looking for the next best thing. Whether it is what’s trending on TikTok, promoted by celebrities or just the newest water bottle on the market, things are constantly rotating in and out of style. Society makes us feel like an outcast if we don’t follow these trends. It’s easy to fall into that lie and constantly strive for material things. We have all been there at one point.

It is important to look at all the wonderful things that fill your life already: big or small, tangible or intangible, hobbies or passions. How do these things bring you joy and how have they helped shape you into who you are today?

 According to a study by UCLA Health, gratitude can enhance a person’s mental wellness, and physical wellness and even promote a lasting change in perspective. Gratitude can help give you a more positive outlook on life and make you more thankful for all that you have. Striving for the next best thing in a market that is constantly evolving is going to leave you feeling empty and unhappy. It is nearly impossible to keep up with what is trending and that is why they are called just that: a trend.

What we see online is not always as it seems. Social media allows people to share the highlight reel of their life with the rest of the world. The truth is that everyone faces difficulties whether they share them with the world or not. Instead of fantasizing about the lives we see on screen, it is time to start fantasizing about your own life. Become the main character of your own story. 

Here are 5 ways you can show gratitude in your day-to-day life.

  1. When you wake up and before you go to bed, write five things you are thankful for.
  2. Spend time in silence and reflect on all that you have been given.
  3. Send your loved ones notes or texts telling them how thankful you are for their role in your life. 
  4. Say thank you. More importantly, look the person in the eyes that you are thanking.
  5. You can express your gratitude towards people by using any of the five love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, tangible gifts and physical touch.

Implementing gratitude in your daily routine will help you to have a more positive outlook on your life. What are you thankful for today?

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