How to Practice Gratitude Every Day

Gratitude is the act of appreciating and being thankful for the good things in your life.
Practicing gratitude has been shown to have a number of positive benefits, including increased happiness and well-being, better relationships, and improved physical and mental health.

The awesomeness of nature, the changing of seasons, the vastness of planet, and our presence on it are all reason we can be grateful – but it is all too easy to lose site of the present right? Today we are going to look at ways to practice gratitude from anywhere, and even if you only have a few moments to spare to the activity. 

How to Practice Gratitude Every Day

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Here are some tips for practicing gratitude on a daily basis:

Keep a gratitude journal:
One simple way to practice gratitude is to keep a journal where you can write down things that you are grateful for. This can be anything from the big things in your life, like your family and friends, to the small things, like a warm cup of coffee or a beautiful sunset. Writing down your gratitude helps you focus on the positive things in your life and can help you cultivate a more positive outlook.

Share your gratitude with others: Another way to practice gratitude is to share it with others. This can be as simple as thanking someone for something they did for you, or sharing your gratitude with your loved ones in a letter or message. Sharing your gratitude can help strengthen your relationships and create a positive atmosphere.

Practice mindfulness: Gratitude often comes from being present in the moment and noticing the good things around us. Practicing mindfulness, or paying attention to the present moment with an open and non-judgmental attitude, can help you become more aware of the things you have to be grateful for.

Reflect on the things you have: Taking time to reflect on the things you have can help you appreciate them more. This can be as simple as taking a few minutes to think about the things you have in your life that you are grateful for, or going through your possessions and appreciating what you have.

Find something to be grateful for every day: Make it a habit to find at least one thing every day that you are grateful for. This can be a small thing, like having a warm bed to sleep in, or a big thing, like a promotion at work. Finding something to be grateful for every day can help you cultivate a more positive outlook and increase your overall sense of well-being.

How to Practice More Gratitude

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Overall, practicing gratitude is about focusing on the good things in your life and expressing appreciation and thanks for them. By incorporating gratitude into your daily routine, you can improve your happiness, strengthen your relationships, and improve your overall well-being.

At the Sojourn Company, we believe that scent, and candles can both be important tools in connecting back to nature, being present and appreciating small joys in the moment. 

Best Candles for Practicing Gratitude

Candles can be a helpful tool for practicing gratitude in a few different ways. First, lighting a candle can create a sense of calm and relaxation, which can help you focus on the present moment and be more mindful of the things you have to be grateful for. Candles can also be used as a visual reminder to take time to appreciate the good things in your life. For example, you could set aside a specific time each day to light a candle and spend a few minutes thinking about what you are grateful for.

Additionally, the act of lighting a candle can be a ritual that helps you set aside time to focus on gratitude and be present in the moment. Overall, candles can be a useful tool for helping you practice gratitude and cultivating a more positive energy and outlook towards your day.

Best Candle Scents for Practicing Gratitude

There are many different scents that can be helpful for practicing gratitude, as different scents can have different effects on our mood and well-being. Here are a few scents that may be particularly helpful for cultivating gratitude:

  1. Lavender: Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which can help you feel more at ease and open to experiencing gratitude.

  2. Peppermint: Peppermint has invigorating and uplifting effects, which can help you feel more energized and positive.

  3. Orange: Orange has a sweet and refreshing scent that can help boost your mood and promote feelings of happiness and contentment.

  4. Rose: Rose has a soothing and romantic scent that can help create a sense of peace and appreciation.

  5. Sandalwood: Sandalwood has a warm and woody scent that can help promote relaxation and a sense of calm. 

Ultimately, the best scents for practicing gratitude will depend on your personal preferences and what works best for you. Experimenting with different scents can help you find the ones that work best for you and help you cultivate a sense of gratitude.

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Ready to get started? Why not start with this 10-minute guided meditation from Great Meditation.