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10 Ways to Boost Your Gratitude Practice (Pt. 1)


In the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to share this article I read in Body + Soul magazine. 

1. Use Your Senses

Pick one of your five senses to focus on each day. Discover how many gifts come to you via that single port of entry.

2. See their secret goodness. 

Pick three people you like and see regularly. For one week, observe what Buddhist psychologist Jack Kornfield called their “inner nobility,” or divine spark; in other words, view their actions and gestures through that lens, assuming their goodness and witness their best intentions. See how this new way of seeing changes your interactions with them. Once you’ve practiced this with those you know and appreciate, try it on strangers and difficult people, too.

3. Enjoy a mindful meal.

Before you eat, think about all the people whose efforts help get food to your table (the farmers, truck drivers, shelf-stockers, and so on). When you widen your perspective, you come to better appreciate your interconnected-ness with so many other people.

Which one(s) will you try? 

Please remember to share your results in the comments! 

If you enjoyed reading this article, please comment, like & share. 

To check your own gratitude quotient, take the B + S online questionnaire here

With Love,

15 thoughts on “10 Ways to Boost Your Gratitude Practice (Pt. 1)

  1. Love the mindful meal idea. I’ve always wanted to do a group meal that is silent…so that the group can concentrate on the flavors, textures, smells etc of the food and to eat it reverently and meditate on how that food got to their plates.


  2. I like the seeing the secret goodness. Too often we rush to judge and its great to try to look closer and witness what people are really going through. I took a class called Situational Awareness and I think that is very similar in analyzing what’s going on around you. Great post!


    • Thanks, Tanya! You’re right. There’s a back story to everything. Reminds me of a Tupac verse, “My stomach hurts so I’m looking for a purse to snatch.” Not to condone stealing at all. But, it speaks to people doing bad things because they’re hurting.


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    • I’m not sure which one I’ll work on, but I definitely plan to give them all a trial run. Gratitude is powerful and something I’d like to improve on. Can’t wait to hear which ones you try and what you think!


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