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It’s easy to forget to stop and enjoy life once in a while and appreciate what you have. We’re all so busy that we often let the here and now pass us by, but practicing gratitude is a great way to take a moment and be present.
Practicing gratitude not only helps you value life more but can also improve your mental health, help you learn about yourself, and possibly improve your relationships.
But practicing gratitude isn’t just saying what you’re thankful for—it’s so much more than that.
Keep reading to discover four different but simple ways to practice gratitude.
At the beginning or end of the day, take a few minutes to write down something positive you hope to accomplish, something you are looking forward to, or simply something good that happened. Pay close attention to what you’re writing. Consciously think about your words without other distractions.
By establishing this daily or weekly practice, you’ll be reminded of all the positive things in your life. Revisit your journal entries whenever you need a boost of gratefulness. This mindful practice can really help to nurture your mental health in both the short and long term.
Volunteer at your local library, soup kitchen, or school to enrich your community and boost your wellbeing in the process. You can also volunteer by sharing your Salesforce knowledge and skills at a nonprofit or educational organization that helps others.
Spending some of your free time helping others, no matter the scope of the task, has personal benefits, too. You may learn a new skill, meet new people, become part of the community, or even make a significant difference in someone’s life.
Helping others helps you be more grateful as you take stock of the good in your own life and realize how awesome it feels to give back.
This could be painting, listening to music, playing an instrument, working on a puzzle, taking a walk, or simply taking deep breaths outside.
Doing activities where you truly enjoy yourself and feel happy can also increase your appreciation for simply being able to do those things! Spending time by yourself, whether at home or in nature, can help you feel calmer and more collected, and you can learn more about yourself in those moments of solitude.
Get into the habit of being fully present. You can start by using your five senses to help you feel here and now. For example, engage your sense of touch by rubbing your hands together while taking slow, deep breaths and feeling your hands, fingerprints, and the creases in your skin.
Simple tasks like this help you focus on what’s right in front of you, and you can do them any time you need a moment to slow down. Plus, they can help you become more mindful. Instead of wishing for something in the future or ruminating on the past, be fully present in each moment of your life—and watch your gratitude grow.
Now that you have the tools for practicing gratitude this season, dive deeper and take the Appreciate the Little Things Quest to earn a special community badge. Learn to love wellness by earning Trailhead badges that were created to help you live your best life.
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