Learn why gratefulness is important, get 12 ways to practice gratitude, & learn how to start a gratitude journal!

I’m writing this during Thanksgiving holiday time, and this has me thinking about why gratefulness is important and how to show gratitude. So, today I’m sharing twelve ways to practice being grateful more often!

You know, we’ve all had hard times but we still have so much to be grateful for. And, we often don’t realize all that we have to be grateful for.

But, I’ve personally seen a huge change in myself as I worked on things like gratitude, forgiveness, and internal happiness. And I think if there were only one thing I could share to help others I’d choose this area, simply because of the huge impact it can have on our lives.

So, in this blog post we’ll cover:

  • why gratefulness is important
  • ways to practice gratitude
  • & how to start a gratitude journal

With just a little extra attention to this area of your life, you’ll start to see changes within yourself and your life that’ll make it more than worth it.

So, let’s get started talking about why gratefulness is important and the 12 ways to practice gratitude!

Here’s my blog post with 20 ways to live a life you love that you might want to read after this post!

(This blog post might include affiliate links that I could receive a commission from. I’ll only include those I feel are helpful to you!)

Why gratefulness is important

First, we’ll start with why gratefulness is important. 

Words cannot fully express the impact that gratitude can have on your life, but I’m going to try. And, the best way is to share a little about my experiences.

I always had great faith, but I struggled in my life in many ways. And, I didn’t even realize all the ways that I was struggling internally.

I saw the outside effects, the way everything always seemed to fall apart around me and with my emotions, but I wasn’t yet to a point where I could see that there was something deeper that needed to be looked at.

It wasn’t until I began to really work on my self growth purposefully and in a deeper way, and began to get more spiritual, that I could see more clearly. And, it was like my eyes opened up to the truth.

At this point, I began to work through old things that I hadn’t really known had held me back. And, I saw that the way I was seeing the world was a little foggy or unclear, due to my experiences.

I saw that I could be much happier if I began to look at things through a new lens, one that was being given to me like a gift. And, with this new lens I could see that life could be so much better! And, boy did I want that new kind of life.

It was what I’d always wanted. I’d wanted a peaceful life and the kind of happiness that lasted and wasn’t fleeting. And, I’d wanted to love my life like some people seemed to. Overall, I wanted stability – inside and out.

But, in order to get that I realized that I had to work on myself. I also realized that I had to deal with some of the things that had happened in my life and heal and restore myself, because they had affected me more than I knew.

And one of the things I began with was gratitude, because I saw why gratefulness is important.

Gratitude sounds so simple, like yeah whatever just say you’re grateful for things – right? Wrong. It takes intention, but it’s worth it.

Like, can you be grateful for the not so good things that you went through in life because it made you who you are today? Can you be grateful for simple things like the sunrise and birds flying around you when life isn’t going your way?

We all have bad days, but if we can learn to feel gratitude regularly nothing will be as bad as it could have been.

You truly can improve your life dramatically by beginning with gratitude. You’ll find that this adds so much to your life, helps you so much, that you are then open to all kinds of ways to improve your life.

Now, let’s look more specifically at why gratefulness is important and how it helps.

why gratefulness is important

How practicing gratitude will help

Let’s talk about how practicing gratitude can help.

Gratitude is so important, for the reasons I’ve stated so far and more. It’ll help you:

  • see the world in a better way, which will help you be more positive overall
  • feel good, as positive, grateful people feel lighter and better
  • be less affected by negativity from things, people, & circumstances
  • be able to handle things better overall
  • stay healthier, as science proves that the way we think & feel can affect health
  • transform bad experiences into good, as you are grateful for what you learned from it
  • see more clearly & make better decisions, as the negative experiences no longer rule & cloud the way you see things
  • change your life, as you are now like one of those positive people that are resilient, don’t let negativity affect them, & attract more good to them!

From this list, we can see how gratitude is important for mental health, emotional health, physical well-being, & even how it helps spiritually.

With gratitude, it’s only up from here!

12 ways to practice gratitude

So now that you know why gratefulness is important, let’s look at some specific ways to practice it.

Here are 12 Ways to practice gratitude:

  • meditating & letting your inner or higher guidance show you what you have to be grateful for
  • looking for little things to appreciate daily, like the beautiful clouds in the sky or a smile or laughter from a child
  • writing about things you’re grateful for, in a journal, notebook, or anywhere
  • writing & posting up an affirmation (sentence) on what you’re so grateful for
  • perhaps writing your affirmation in present tense but on something you’d like to have, to attract it to you (beginning with “I’m so grateful for…” )
  • searching for the good in the bad, like how you’ve learned from the bad experiences & can maybe help others because of it
  • being kind to others because you’re grateful for them, which can only improve your relationships
  • choosing to feel grateful for each new day, which will steer away depression & other negative feelings
  • being more present in each moment, which will help you be able to focus on & appreciate things more (just breathe & be present)
  • focusing on the feeling of love, instead of opposite feelings, because love is healing, leaves you feeling good, & you can’t help but feel grateful for what or who you love
  • just saying out loud or in your head what you’re grateful for, especially when you need to feel better
  • doing anything that personally works for you – everyone is different & it’s okay to practice gratitude in your own way

So now you have a dozen ways to practice gratitude, and I’m sure there are many more. Feel free to leave positive comments if you have some ideas that can help the rest of us!

And, be sure to try some of these right away so you don’t forget about it. (I now try to act on ideas, or things I want to do, as soon as I can because I realize that if I wait it might never happen.)

How to start a gratitude journal

A gratitude journal is a great idea, especially when you’re just starting out trying to focus on gratitude. So, let’s talk about how to start a gratitude journal.

This kind of journal doesn’t have to be complicated. As long as you have a dedicated place to write each day, and put it where you’ll see it and remember to write in it, you’ll be good!

And, you don’t even have to write for a long time. If one sentence makes you feel better and you feel it’s enough, then that’s okay. If simply making a list of things you’re grateful for works for you, then go for it.

Don’t overcomplicate it, or you might talk yourself out of doing it. Just choose what to write in, and get started writing something about gratitude.

You can even write about other things related to gratitude in the same place if you like. I also find that thinking or writing about things like what makes me happy, what makes me feel good, my dreams and goals, and positive affirmations helps too.

So, you choose. It’s your journal! And if for some reason you choose to just take five minutes each day to think of things you’re grateful for, that’s okay too. However, some people do say it’s highly beneficial to write it, too. Either way, just make it a habit to practice gratitude daily.

A gratitude journal you might like

If you should decide to use a gratitude journal, I have one that you might like.

It keeps it simple for you, because I believe simplicity is the way to go so that it’s easy to keep up with and to keep doing. And, it has three small sections on each page to write in.

One section is for journaling any thoughts you have or getting something off your mind, the next is for writing what you’re grateful for, and the last section is for writing an affirmation. In this last section you’ll write in a way that’s best for manifesting, finishing the sentence “I believe I already have…”.

Doing this everyday will be powerful in changing the way you think and creating the kind of life you’d really like to have. It’s all about repetition, as the great Bob Proctor always said, so repeat, repeat, repeat!

And, my journal is purposefully made so that it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day. You can write on another page too if you like, but it’s meant so that even if you don’t have a lot of time you can quickly write something

And this will create a habit of thinking in a way that’ll bring you what you want, whether that’s happiness, peace, abundance, or something else!

You can check out my gratitude journal on Amazon…

why gratefulness is important

This butterfly notebook for women:

  • Is a beautiful butterfly notebook for women to write daily thoughts.
  • Keeps it simple & easy, with a space for quick journaling & two writing prompts.
  • Is something you can do within just minutes a day – so anyone can do it!
  • & Comes with a bonus page with mindfulness tips!

Closing thoughts: Why gratefulness is important (& 12 Ways to practice it)

So now you know why gratefulness is important, and you have 12 specific ways to practice gratitude.

You also have some ideas for a gratitude journal, which I highly suggest because it’ll help you remember to think of what you’re grateful for each day – and this can change your life! It definitely did mine.

I sincerely hope this post on gratitude helps you, and I’m sending positive energy in hopes that you’ll be able to be happy, create the life you want, and live a life you love!

(Feel free to share the link to this post with someone who may need it! abundantlifeandbalance.com/importance-of-gratitude-in-life)

Additional resources

If you enjoyed this post on why gratefulness is important, you might also want to read my post called Journey to Happiness: 5 Proven Tips for Happiness In Life. If you want to be happier so you can really enjoy your life, these five tips will help!

And, here is an online Avon catalog with great products to spoil yourself with!

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