How To Practice Gratitude In Everyday Life

Gratitude can be your key to happiness and peace of mind. Expressing gratitude can help you in so many ways that you must practice it in your daily life.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Mind BodyWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Dec 01, 2014
How To Practice Gratitude In Everyday Life

Gratitude may not be a mandatory quality for life, however, it can be a key ingredient to a happy and satisfactory life. Gratitude makes you feel better about so many things in life. It helps you feel free and comfortable with everyone. You may easily overcome any feeling of debt to anyone by practicing gratitude in daily life.


Researchers have also confirmed that practicing gratitude can help boost well-being, sleep and the natural immune response in daily life. It helps you feel in charge of the emotional responses in your day to day life, avoiding circumstances where you have to feel or react under the pressure of emotional expectations from others. Practicing gratitude in daily life helps you to take control of your emotional life.

How To Do It?

Now that we know practicing gratitude can make your life better keep you free and relaxed with day-to-day situations in your life, how do we actually practice it? You can practice gratitude in daily life in so many ways, however, here are some smooth and easy ways to add gratitude to your life.

writing letters

Write Letters

Letters are a great way of expressing your emotions and writing letters can really help you a lot. A 2011 study conducted at department of human development and family studies at Kent State University found that people, who write at least one letter every week, spending around 20 minutes of time to express emotions in every letter, feel a lot happier. It helps them feel significant amount of life satisfaction and a reduction in depression.

If you have someone in your life you can write a letter to, start expressing your gratitude and emotions through letters on a regular basis. You will gain a lot of happiness and peace of mind out of it. If you don't have anyone to write such emotional letters to on a regular basis, just write your letters sincerely. You don't have to mail the letters. It's all about expressing yourself. If you ink your emotions, you start feeling a lot better. The study suggests that writing a letter to express gratitude towards someone once a week can make a huge positive impact on your life.
writing journals

Write Your Journal

Another best way to practice gratitude is to pen down everything you feel in your journal. Start keeping a daily journal of your emotions and express gratitude in your words. The practice can make a huge difference in your life.

Writing down your emotions helps you feel better and merrier. Moreover, it allows you to relive the emotions every time you read it. You start feeling more in touch with yourself and your emotions.  Even a recent Forbes report claims that keeping a gratitude journal may help improve sleep.

Use Nicer Words

Gratitude is not only about what you say, but it's also about what you don't say. Know your words better before you use them. Since you can't take your words back, choose your words wisely. Use words that clearly express your emotions, including gratitude and under no circumstances, should you use words that may do more harm than good.

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