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6 Ways To Implement More Gratitude In Your Life

6 Ways To Implement More Gratitude In Your Life

If you want to live happier than you should express more gratitude. It’s no secret.

But how does one implement more gratitude into their life? It is easy to say be more grateful but what things can you do on a daily basis to bring about this transformation into your own life?

1. Keep a gratitude journal

Journaling is a great way to infuse your life with more gratitude. Try spending some time every day, few days, or week reflecting back on all the things you have to be grateful for in a given time period.

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There are differing opinions on which time period is most effective. Daily gratitude journaling has been shown to be less effective for some people because there is the tendency to view the journaling as merely another task to be accomplished during the day. This is why journaling every few days or once per week could be more appropriate.

Create a consistent journaling practice for you. Take some time to really think about all the wonderful things you have in your life that bring you lots of gratitude. Jot them down and appreciate all the good there is.

2. Write gratitude letters

Writing letters to people whom you are especially grateful for is a very powerful practice. Write the words down on paper. The receiver will appreciate it more than an email or typed message because you took the time to write your thoughts on paper. Our society is so technology-based and the days of hand-written notes and letters are expiring.

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Mail your letter or deliver it in person. If you really want to express your gratitude than read the letter aloud to the person you are grateful for. Not only will the receiver be touched, but you also will experience high levels of joy and well-being.

I would also suggest writing a gratitude letter to yourself. Perhaps it sounds a little crazy, but I find it to be a beneficial practice. There is a tendency for people to focus on their flaws and not enough on their desirable qualities. Writing a gratitude letter to yourself is a great way to concentrate on all the wonderful characteristics that you have.

3. Gratitude meditations

Meditation is a powerful tool for quieting the mind. Taking the time to meditate allows you to observe the thoughts in your mind, and fully comprehend what is going on up there. People meditate for love, compassion, happiness, and kindness. Why not meditate for gratitude?

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Spend some time focusing on what you have to be grateful for the next time you meditate. On the inhale say to yourself “I’m” and on the exhale say to yourself “grateful.” Focus on your family, friends, partner, or whatever you are grateful for during the meditation.

4. Express gratitude as much as you can

If you want to implement more gratitude take advantage of opportunities to express more gratitude. When someone does something nice for you say thank you no matter how big or small the deed is and no matter who does the deed. Saying thank you and expressing gratitude in general provides psychological benefits for both giver and receiver.

5. Savor the good that happens to you

Take time to truly relish the good things that happen to you. Don’t merely forgo these occurrences as just another moment. Be methodical in enjoying the positive people and events in your life. It will boost your gratitude level by showcasing all the good and prevent you from relinquishing a lot of attention to the bad.

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6. Don’t take gratitude for granted

Remind yourself throughout your day of all the things you have to be grateful for. Being able to breathe is something to be grateful for. Having the ability to walk and talk and see and smell and hear and touch are all things to be grateful for. Even when you are facing adverse times and your life seems to be in shambles remember that there are always ways for you to show gratitude. It might not seem possible in the moment but look hard enough and you will can always find something to be grateful for.

Don’t merely regard happy events in your life as moments that should occur. Consider all the good that comes to you as a gift, as something you have been fortunate enough to receive. This is how you ensure that you don’t take gratitude for granted. You will always appreciate the moments in your life because you know you are lucky to have them.

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Mike Oppland

Mike is the Creator of Carpe Diem Motivation. He aspires to inspire individuals who are seeking a little extra boost in their lives.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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