Let’s face it: Life tends to whiz by without hesitation or any sign of slowing down. In the madness, it’s too incredibly easy to forget to be thankful for all the awesome things we are given in life.
But studies show that consistently keeping track of what you are thankful for and acting on those feelings of appreciation can not only make you happier, but actually boost your immune system and keep you healthier.
We’ve put together six super easy ways that you can show gratitude on a daily basis. Just remember to be consistent—this works best if you commit to showing your appreciation and gratitude every day, not just when things are going great.
Remember all the small details by keeping a gratitude journal. Start a collection of little grateful moments, and literally watch all the good in your life pile up. (Greater Good)
Next time, skip the email or text and verbalize your thanks to that awesome co-worker. Showing gratitude by verbally acknowledging someone can really make his or her day (and boost your own mood, too!). (Lifehacker)
Clean up after yourself, both in public and in private. If you leave a small trail of milk or sugar on the office’s kitchen counter, wipe it up. This small act of kindness symbolizes that you respect other people’s space and are appreciative of your co-workers’ efforts to keep the communal space clean too. (Random Acts of Kindness Foundation)
Don’t complain for 24 hours. This might seem strange, but it will be scary to realize how quickly you might jump to complaints rather than solutions. Next time, try finding the good in a sticky situation. (Unstuck)
This is going to sound old school, but a great way to show gratitude is by writing a thank you card (yes, writing by hand). This physical memento shows that you are truly appreciative of someone giving you his or her time and effort. (Entrepreneur)
Your home is where you go to relax and unwind, so why not give back to your neighborhood? Nothing shows you care more than actually offering a helping hand. Not sure what opportunities are available near you? Volunteer Match has you covered. (Idealist)
Want more? Check out some of our articles on saying “thanks!”
- How to Write an Interview Thank-You Note: An Email Template
- 2 Little Words That Have a Huge Impact at Work
- Just Say Thanks: Why Accepting Compliments is Good for Your Career