How to Start (and Stick with) a Gratitude Practice
If you’ve ever tried to start a gratitude practice and failed, you’re not alone. Creating and sticking to a new habit takes time (and much longer than most studies suggest).
Sometimes you get caught up in the formalities of what you “think” you need, such as a certain amount of time or a special notebook or journal. All of these “rules” can cause you to overthink the process and discourage you from even getting started.
The keys to any successful habit are to keep it simple, keep what works, and let the rest go. With gratitude, it’s important to make your practice personal, regular, and meaningful.
A gratitude practice can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. You may want to write down what you’re grateful for. You may also want to light a candle or hold a crystal before you write. Or you may want to do none of these things and simply thank spirit or the Universe silently. Your practice is unique to you, so try a few things and see what works best.
There is no one “right” time to express gratitude, so experiment with that as well. Here are four suggested times to choose from as you start your practice:
In the morning: when you first get up, while showering, or while brushing your teeth
In the middle of the day: set the alarm on your phone or Smartwatch for a time of day that works for you, and then take thirty seconds or more to give thanks
In the moment: if something happens that makes you feel grateful, take a moment and express your thanks then
At the end of the day: while brushing your teeth or just before you turn out the light at bedtime
Making your gratitude practice personal and meaningful helps you stay inspired when you connect to spirit and the Universe. That inspiration helps you stick with your practice and integrate it into your routine. Expressing gratitude over time can help you live a richer and more fulfilling life.
Written by Brooke Davis
Brooke Davis is a tarot teacher and wellness coach who enjoys helping the tarot-curious learn about the cards by using intuition and insight, not just definitions from a book. Her four-course Tarot 101 series is offered online through Discover Your Spiritual Gifts. Register for the next session here.