How it works: I don’t think there’s one fixed way to practice gratitude, whether you take a moment to think of things that make you smile at any point in your day, or get more involved and slot some time aside for proper gratitude reflections, I think you're already doing good things for the soul. Here’s what works for me. Before I get out of bed or as I’m putting on my workout gear - in my head - I list three things that I’m currently grateful for. Usually it’s more than three, and sometimes they are as simple as a hot shower or cup of tea. Almost always, my health tops the list.
And that's it. The end. It's not a hugely immersive reflection period, but listing a few things that cheer me up as I start my day has helped immensely these days.
Here’s why this helps:
Perspective: It took me a while to realize this but after a few months of practicing gratitude daily, never once did I profess my gratitude for “my beautiful pair of Manolos" (as much as I LOVE them, let's be honest). Not to say that I’m not grateful for my clothes (see point #2 below), but this practice has really helped me define what I value vs. what’s “nice to have” and takes the emotion and impulse out of “wanting/needing” the next new thing for my closet. It is also simply an exercise in cheering up. Which, if you're feeling like I am, we might need an extra dose of.
Appreciation: On the flip side of this, I’ve found a renewed sense of appreciation for my clothes and all of my possessions, but more simply - how lucky I am to be able to acquire such things. This is also a good priviledge check.
I think it’s always handy to have another tool to help fend off the noise of trends and social constructs and help us stay grounded. While I am definitely NOT immune to wanting or adding new things to my closet, another layer of mindfulness can’t hurt. I hope you enjoy this tip, and if you already have a gratitude practice, please feel free to share it with me!
And finally ! June is my birthday month, and to celebrate my gratitude to YOU, I’ll be hosting a birthday giveaway on my Instagram account later in the month so keep an eye out over there! It will be international because I know you are reading from some of the coolest places in the world.