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5 Gratitude Exercises for Wellbeing

Finding ways to practice gratitude can help you feel happier and develop a positive mind set. If you’re having a bad day- it helps remind you that life is a work in progress.

Gratitude has been shown to increase mental, emotional, and even physical wellness. Practicing gratitude helps us connect to healthy, positive emotions.

Gratitude Exercise Ideas

1. Write a gratitude letter

A gratitude letter is a letter that you write to someone that has had a positive impact on your life. It is a way to show appreciation for others and how they contribute to your happiness which helps improve relationships. Write a letter describing how you feel about what this person has done for you and why you are grateful for them. Thank them in specific ways for the things that have been meaningful to you.

2. Start a gratitude journal

This can be a morning or evening activity where you write down at least 5 things you are grateful for. Consistency is key and it helps to be specific. The topics can range from big to small such as being grateful for the salad you ate for lunch.

3. Go on a gratitude walk

Going on a gratitude walk is a wonderful way to practice gratitude while getting outdoors and moving your body. While you’re walking, reflect on the things you are grateful for in your life. You may even incorporate mindfulness as you look around at your environment acknowledging the things in nature you see that you are grateful for.

4. Do a gratitude meditation

Find a space that brings you joy and sit in un upright comfortable position. Start to focus on your breath and when a thought comes up, simply let it pass like a cloud. Let your breath re-anchor you back into focus and begin to reflect on all you are grateful for. If other thoughts come into mind, simply let them go and refocus on breath and then gratefulness.

5. Set gratitude reminders on your phone by downloading a gratitude app

I like to app “Gratitude” which helps you set “Daily Grateful Reminders” when you wake up and before you go to sleep. This app helps with guided gratitude prompts, developing consistency, inspiring quotes and resources, and keeps memories private with lock options.



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