Got 5 Minutes? Then You Can Be A More Grateful Person

It’s time to add gratitude to your to-do list.

Each day is always full of tasks that need to be completed — why not prioritize something that benefits your mind and body? Expressing thanks can do wonders for your well-being. Not only does it improve your physical health, it can also increase your happiness and feelings of optimism.

Below are just a few ways you can practice gratitude on a daily basis. The best part? They only take a few minutes.

Write in a journal.

The benefits of journaling are boundless, but a daily writing practice is an especially handy way to infuse your life with gratitude. The key is keeping consistent.

If you write it down, eventually it will become more automatic,” gratitude researcher Robert Emmons previously told HuffPost. “It’s like exercise — you’re not just going to get up one morning and go running, you need to have a plan. You need to have a gratitude action plan, whether it’s waking up and writing in the morning or in the evening before you go to sleep — no one size best fits all.”

Try scribbling down three things you’re thankful for each day. They can range from “the weather is beautiful today” to “I got a compliment from my boss.” Even if you’re having the most negative day you’ve experienced all year, you’ll at least have a few positives to reflect on.

Compliment your co-workers.

Thank your deskmate for making you laugh or commend your teammate on the work they did for your last group project. Compliments don’t have to be something surface-level.

Expressing your gratitude toward someone’s meaningful actions leave a lasting impression on the receiver. And here’s a bonus: Studies suggest that <a target="_blank" —> Read More