We can’t feel grateful for things we don’t notice, so mindfulness and gratitude go hand-in-hand. As we become more mindful of our actions, words, and thoughts we become more aware of how we subconsciously/consciously block ourselves from appreciating the good things in life. For example, you could become impatient standing outside waiting for a store to open. If you become mindful of where you are in that moment, you may realize the beauty of the day, the unique detailing of the building, and the opportunity you have to purchase something with your hard-earned money. The narrative changes pretty dramatically with a simple shift of perspective.
Research shows it takes three positive thoughts to counter one negative thought — so practicing gratitude is an essential exercise to rewire our brains if we seek to find greater satisfaction and joy each day.
Pro Tip: Try practicing gratitude for at least three things each day. Pros would say to keep a gratitude journal (whether a note in your phone or an actual journal) and write down all of the things you are grateful for. This proves to be a really beautiful compilation to look back on – especially when you are going through a rough time – as we are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for. Observe how being mindful of the details of your day allows you to observe the “gifts” we all receive on a regular basis — a meaningful conversation with a friend, the opportunity to learn something new, getting all green lights on the way to work, etc. Small or large, the universe is abundant with lessons and moments to be grateful for, we just have to open our eyes to see all that is happening.