Daily Gratitude Practice: A New Routine for a New Year

Updated: Mar 8

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2022 already? Going into a new year, we can’t help but think about how grateful we are for our readers, supporters, and colleagues who believe in our work. We thank you all for being a part of our community.

Whether you’re using this time to reflect on 2021 or plan for 2022, finding gratitude each day is beneficial to your overall health and well-being. A gratitude practice not only makes you reminisce on all the good things you have in your life, but it reminds you of how far you’ve come and where you’re capable of going. The benefits speak for themselves.

The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

Improves Your Mental Health

To have a positive mental health outcome, having a practice of gratitude is one of the many contributing factors. Finding what you are grateful for creates positive feelings and improves your mood. It eases symptoms of anxiety and depression. The next time your mental health is low, try a gratitude practice and watch your mood shift.

Improves Your Relationships

Gratitude not only strengthens your existing relationships but plays a key role in forming new ones. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. Those in relationships (family, a friend, or romantic) who practice and harness these feelings have a deeper connection and create a more satisfying bond. The happiness between two people grows when the practice of gratitude is a part of their relationship.

How to Practice Gratitude

There are so many different ways to practice gratitude, and that’s the beauty of it. With many ways to choose from, there’s bound to be one that works perfectly for you. If you’re looking to start a regular practice, here are some ways you can integrate gratitude into your everyday life.

Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling is one of our favorites and is a quick way to make being grateful a daily routine in your life. It’s one of the most popular ways to practice gratitude. Here are a few we recommend.

  • The Gratitude Sidekick Journal - A 66 day guided journal that helps you create the habit of gratitude journaling by answering questions that help you reflect on the theme of gratitude and provide you new learning tools, inspiration, and guidance to improve your gratitude practice.

  • A Five Minute Gratitude Journal - A 90-day journal that starts your day with a quote and helpful prompts to reflect on your life experiences and the people in it and ends your day with a prompt, question, and positive affirmation that supports you in practicing mindfulness and integrate gratitude into your life.

Visual Mood Board

For the visual learners, creating a visual mood board of everything you’re grateful for and placing it somewhere in your home that you pass by every day will remind you to be grateful. Taking a moment to look and reflect will create the daily practice you want.

Gratitude Jar

Set a reminder for yourself every day to achieve your daily gratitude practice. When something great happens, and you feel thankful, write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the jar. The next time you’re feeling a little down, give the jar a shake and pick out a piece of paper. A gratitude jar will not only help you with your daily practice but give back to your mental health on those days when you need a little extra support.

A daily gratitude practice is beneficial to both your physical and mental health. Give yourself the gift of positive long-term wellness and start your gratitude journey. However you choose to practice, the sooner you start, the sooner you reap the benefits.

I am GRATEFUL for you taking the time to visit us today and wishing you many joys in 2022!
Love, Peace and Blessings, Britta