5 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude


Our 15-Day Feel Good Challenge isn’t just about what you put into your body, but what you put out into the world as well – and a surefire way to feel better and make those around you feel better as well is to practice gratitude. Here are a few simple ways to do just that:

1. Write a letter.

A good, old-fashioned thank you note is always appreciated – and we’re guessing you have someone (a friend, a teacher, a mentor) who has recently made a positive impact on your life. Go ahead and let them know.

2. Say “gratitude” at the dinner table.

Of course, saying grace before a meal is lovely – but if you are at a gathering of people with different beliefs, a word or two of gratitude may be a bit more inclusive. Many families do this at Thanksgiving, but why limit your display of gratitude to only once a year?

3. Remember the little things.

We typically remember to say “thank you” when someone has done us a big favor – but it’s easy to overlook more mundane tasks. Take time to notice and appreciate (out loud) when someone has done something small (loaded the dishwasher, made room for you at the checkout counter) to make your day a bit easier.

4. Treat everything as a gift.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, and overlook all of the simple pleasures – our morning cup of coffee, the welcoming smile on a co-worker’s face – that make that daily life so wonderful. Instead of overlooking, take a little time to appreciate these things for what they really are – gifts.

5. Take in the bigger picture.

Add up all of those tiny gifts, and what do you have? A spectacular landscape of people, objects, activities and feelings that is uniquely and beautifully yours. So take a step back, and enjoy the view.

Remember, there’s still time to join our #FEELGOOD2015 challenge and start the New Year off by eating and living well. Visit AncientHarvest.com to learn more.