Change Your Attitude By Increasing Your Gratitude

Gratitude is the basic, though invisible, building block needed to live a life full of joy. Listen to anyone living their dream life, someone who is obviously loving every moment, and inevitably the word ‘gratitude’ will pop up in their conversation.

You might think “of course they’re grateful, they have everything they’ve ever wanted.” But what if it was the other way around? What if it was gratitude that helped them achieve goals, choose the right paths and make the most of every opportunity?

Living a life you love and being grateful isn’t just about self-awareness. It also requires you to take action. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help you build a life you’re grateful to wake up to every day. Here are the ten best ways to enhance your experience by increasing your levels of gratitude.

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#1 Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Don’t let the simplicity of this colorful, fun journaling workbook fool you. It is beautifully set up to help you uncover and record your goals and motivations while keeping you mindfully on track.

#2 Gratitude Journal

This simple little paperback journal allows you to record five things you are grateful for every day. You can date your entries (dating is flexible, so you can start recording at any date you please).

#3 52 Lists for Happiness

If you are a dyed-in-the-wool list-maker, then this beautifully-thought-out-and-designed workbook is for you. It helps you formulate a thorough selection of lists, one per day; then provides action tips for you to transform these lists into steps toward your goal.

Containing many extras in the form of illustrations, beautiful photography, copper foil, and even a red velvet ribbon, “52 Lists for Happiness” also makes the perfect gift. Not only is it a useful workbook, but a visual feast for the eyes.

#4 The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

This one is not a journal: It is a deeply-thought-ought book about reigniting your creativity, considered by many to be a classic and the ultimate guide to living authentically and refilling your well of inspiration. It is the book that inspired author Elizabeth Gilbert to write “Eat, Pray, Love.”

#5 Little Book of Mindfulness

This inspirational workbook includes rich tips on the practical application of mindfulness and meditation techniques; tips on breathing, posture, health—as well as daily doses of inspiration. All of which can be put into practice within 5 or 10 minutes per day.

#6 Stop Breathe Think

Countless people have cited this customized, guided meditation app as the only app that works on chronic insomnia. Stop Breathe Think prompts you to answer questions on your emotional state, so it can “diagnose” and present a customized meditation for you, as well as yoga or acupressure points to apply. Winner of the 2017 Webby “People’s Voice Award for Best Health App.”

#7 Sleep Cycle

This intelligent app allows your mobile to analyze your sleep patterns and wake you during your lightest sleep phase for maximum refreshment. A godsend, if you habitually wake up groggy and out of sorts (a common problem when you awake during your deepest sleep phase instead).

#8 Calm

This popular mindfulness and meditation app contains a unique feature—Sleep Stories. If you always fall asleep when listening to stories, this feature can help you tame chronic insomnia.

The app provides nature scenes, meditations and breathing exercises too.

#9 Gratitude 365

This five-star iPhone app makes journaling easy. Choose a photo for the day, view them as a calendar, list what you are grateful for, total up your daily gratitudes, password-protect your journal—and more. If manually writing in a hard copy is not your thing and you live digitally, this may be the gratitude journal for you.

#10 Gratitude Reminders for Optimism and Happiness

Rather than just allowing you to journal, this app serves up random gratitude reminders during the day, along with a beautiful photographic background. You can make your own specific gratitude reminders, choose a mantra, upload your own photos if you prefer and set how many times per day you receive a reminder.

#11 Be grateful for yourself, exactly as you are.

One part of expressing and experiencing gratitude is often neglected: Being grateful for yourself, just the way you are; for all the things you are trying in order to contribute more to the world and to those around you; for your willingness to grow and embrace honestly. Choose the tools and accessories that enhance your grateful feelings and support vital self-care.

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Written by Maigen