Gratitude: 3 Practical Ways to Get In The Mood Now

Warning: These practices are addicting and contagious.


You hear it all the time: ‘gratitude it the best attitude’ and, ‘the more grateful you are the more you have to feel grateful for.’ But how does it actually work? How do you actually become more grateful when you are feeling down?


The benefit of gratitude is unmistakable. Grateful people often experience reduced blood pressure, less chronic pain, increased energy and longer lives. You get more of what you focus on and so when you intentionally focus on things to feel grateful for, you begin to train your mind to look for that aspect in the world around you. Building an attitude of gratitude is much like working out a muscle at the gym. The more repetitions you do the strong you get and the often you return to the practice the easier and more natural it becomes.


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Here are 3 powerful and effective ways to get into the emotion of gratitude right now:

  1. Morning Body Scan

As soon as you wake up in the morning before getting out of bed take 2 deep breaths with your eyes closed. Filling with fresh oxygen feel gratitude for the health of your lungs, which allow you to breath. Become aware of your autonomic nervous system which regulates all the bodily functions that you don’t have to consciously control such as your heart pumping blood around your body. Beginning from the top of the head scan your brain, eyes, nose, ears and work your way down, stopping at each one for a moment to feel gratitude for the health and vitality of all the moving parts that have carried you so far.


If you come across a place that needs more love and attention, pause and send healing energy to it by seeing it as functioning optimally and getting into the feeling of gratitude by knowing that your body is able to heal itself naturally just as if you had a scrape on your knee.


Bringing awareness to your body while in a relaxed state first thing in the morning offers powerful healing both mentally and physically as you practice choosing to be in a state of gratitude, strengthening the direction of your attention and beginning your day activating your parasympathetic nervous system in which your body functions best.


  1. Rampage of Appreciation

Before I do any writing or journalling I like to do a ‘brain dump’, inspired by Julia Cameron'