Published on April 13, 2021

13 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude Daily

13 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude Daily

Expressing gratitude is one of the most powerful mood-changers you can incorporate into your life. It’s also one of the most important choices you will ever make. Practicing gratitude can take you from a mental state of negativity, lack, and fear to a state of abundance and joy.

We live in a world where we are constantly subjected to fear from the media to our social circles. Bringing a little gratitude into our lives can make us remember that we are living right now and we have so much to be thankful for.

Here are 13 simple ways you can express gratitude daily.

1. Tell Someone You Appreciate Them

Starting with something very simple, this is basic but incredibly impactful because it isn’t often done. It can change your and someone else’s day. We love to be appreciated, and you can start simple with a causal “I appreciate you,” or you can go more personal and express why you appreciate someone. The response you get can be varied, but it always initiates a strong response, even if not expressed.

By letting someone know you appreciate them, they can feel heard, valued, and important. Their self-esteem will boost and so will yours.

I appreciate my sister who is always here for me to listen to my rambles.

2. Create a Social Media Post

I know not everyone is on social media so you can just journal what you are grateful for. A popular tool would be starting an abundance journal. But something I love to do is go through my camera roll, find a picture that brings my joy, and express my gratitude for what happened and what brings me joy.

This is often so rewarding that I do this in bulk. By posting it on social media as well, you can spread gratitude and abundance out into the world and inspire someone else to do it.

I am grateful we have platforms that we can practice this on.


3. Mental Listing

This one is great if you are in a negative headspace. Just sit down with a drink near a window and list all the things you are grateful for. It can be hard at first, but you can start small with foods and colors you like and then expand into things. After about ten things, it will begin to flow more easily, and you’ll be able to focus on the things that you are grateful for and lucky enough to experience.

I am grateful for crunchy lettuce, air travel, fairy lights, how cute rabbits are, mash potatoes, how elegant dancing is, TVs, locks, the wind and sunshine, sand, shells, the invention of boats, and ice tea. I can go on and on.

4. Play the “Winnie the Pooh” Game

Inspired by the movie by Christopher Robin, the Winnie the Pooh game is similar to listing but you name things you see and express gratitude for the fact that they exist. This can include lamps, trees, houses, and sandwiches—anything, really!

This is really good when you are struggling to think of anything. Just have a look around and see what you are grateful for. If you need inspiration, you can watch the movie. But the gist is, name what you see and appreciate it in all its intricacy.

I can see some flowers, and I am grateful for all their colors and hues.

5. Do Something Small for Someone

This one is a wonderful way to express gratitude. Once you have identified someone you are grateful for in your life, do something small for them. Send them a message or help them with their shopping.

This is such a powerful thing because the small things are the things that create the most impact, and it doesn’t cost you all your energy. Doing a small kind thing for the people in your life and yourself can really help create emotional bonds and alleviate stress and loneliness. Doing something small for others can benefit everyone.

I am grateful to my colleague so I will help them out if I can.

6. Find a New Unique Way to Compliment Someone

This is the best thing ever. Complimenting someone is a wonderful way to express appreciation and gratitude but mix it up and make it unique. Find a specific thing you are grateful to them for, like the way they smile or their kind heart.


Did you know that words of affirmation are also a love language? We all communicate in different love languages and a large portion of people value words of affirmations or compliments. If you find new and wonderful ways to compliment someone, they will feel heard and valued but don’t forget to compliment yourself. You are beautiful and worthy of compliments.

I am grateful for my mother’s compassion—it is seemingly limitless.

7. Throw a Simple Appreciation Party

A simple but great way to express appreciation for someone is to throw them a small party. Get them a card, grab some flowers and a small gift. Often small cheap gifts with powerful intention are much more meaningful than expensive gifts.

Invite them out for a drink and have a mini party for them, and express your gratitude that they are in your life. I do this often, and it’s a beautiful thing. It is also a very powerful tool to help someone you know who is struggling.

At a core level, all human beings crave appreciation and acceptance, but we rarely receive them. It is time to start celebrating the people in our lives and showing them that they are valued. It is also reciprocated—if you aren’t feeling appreciated, control what you can control. You can’t make other people appreciate you, but you can appreciate them and yourself, but more on that later.

I appreciate you and this blog post is your appreciation party.

8. Make Plans

Make plans with someone to do something they really love to do. A beautiful way to express gratitude is to invite someone to do something they love.

Watch their eyes light up as they get to share their passion with you. You will be grateful you did this. This is a really important one because it also builds connections with people. By showing you understand and value someone, you build stronger bonds with people. You may also discover that you find something new that you love to do! Think of all the new adventures you can have by getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new with someone you know!

I am grateful that I have the ability to make plans with people I value.


9. Buy Yourself Flowers

You should always be grateful to yourself. Buy yourself something and remind yourself that you’re important, you matter, and you are worthy of being appreciated. Don’t forget to be grateful for yourself—you are alive and you are the only you. That is important.

One of the most frustrating things about being a human is feeling unappreciated. If you are reading this, you are probably feeling unappreciated, always giving and not hearing a word of thanks for your efforts. As I said, you are important and you do matter. Appreciate yourself and you will feel more fulfilled and energized in your life.

Buy yourself the flowers you want someone else to buy you. Take control and thrive in a grateful headspace that you have yourself and you love yourself.

I am grateful for you. Buy yourself a gift.

10. Check In

Check in with someone you know is having a hard time, and let them know you are there for them because you are grateful for them. It is often overlooked, but it can be so powerful to check in with someone even if you haven’t spoken to them in a long time.

Your past is something you are grateful for, so check in and say hello. You can spread a little bit of gratitude out into the world!

I am grateful you’re alive and reading this. I hope you are well and this is me, checking in with you to ask if you are alright. I hope you are.

11. Do Something Fun

Express your gratitude for being alive by doing something fun! Dance, sing, create, build a spreadsheet! Whatever floats your boat. Just remember that you need to have more fun in your life and you will be able to feel gratitude when you are having fun.

I know it seems like an odd one, but positive energy encourages more positive energy. When you do something fun and are thankful that you’re alive to appreciate it, that energy can infect other people. Also, life is too short to just work and serve. You need to have fun—whatever fun looks like to you! Go forth, unashamed, and do your thing!


I am grateful I have a body that allows me to go and have fun!

12. Don’t Snap

This is a strange one I admit, but instead of snapping at someone whose frustrating you, focus on what you are grateful to them for. This is a small but effective way to express gratitude and change the dialogue of what is happening in your day. Focus on gratitude and finding a reason to be grateful. It changes nothing about the situation except your attitude towards it, which in turn, can change the interaction moving forward.

By taking on negative energy and turning it into positive energy with gratitude and appreciation and expressing it, you can change someone’s world. Responses can come in many forms, but asking if someone is okay and letting them have the space to vent can be very powerful for both of you.

I am grateful for all the people who have helped me, even if they were frustrating to work with.

13. Give Someone Recognition

Much like appreciating someone, recognizing someone for their achievements is a wonderful way to practice gratitude. It also changes their internal narrative as well from underappreciated and down to appreciate and thriving. The power of gratitude can apply not only to yourself but also to every social interaction you have. I am grateful for all the times someone has gone to the effort to highlight my achievements.

You don’t have to do all these every day, I love to pick and choose which ones will be the most fun each day! Once you start, you will find it difficult to stop as the joy it brings is so fulfilling. Just remember to be grateful for yourself and as much as you express your gratitude outward into the world. You need to express gratitude for yourself. If you do that, you will be an endless source of beauty, kindness, and light.

I am grateful you took the time to read this, and I hope you do something today that brings you and the world a little joy.

Final Thoughts

Gratitude can transform not only your world but also the world around you. What happens to you is a matter of perspective, and gratitude is the most effective way to take your perspective from why me to try me.

By expressing appreciation, you can change someone’s whole day and sometimes even their life with a little bit of kindness. If you want to leave a happy and fulfilled life, incorporating gratitude into your life will help cultivate a happy mindset. Happy mindset and attitude equal happy life!


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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

“Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

Warming up

If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:


  1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
  2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
  3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

Stay hydrated

Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.


Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

2. Focus on your goal

One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.


Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

3. Convert negativity to positivity

There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

4. Understand your content

Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.


However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

“No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

5. Practice makes perfect

Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

6. Be authentic

There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.


Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

7. Post speech evaluation

Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

Improve your next speech

As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:


  • How did I do?
  • Are there any areas for improvement?
  • Did I sound or look stressed?
  • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
  • Was I saying “um” too often?
  • How was the flow of the speech?

Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

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