It’s a practice
As simple as it may seem, remembering to practice gratitude is, indeed, a practice — something we need to work on regularly to keep fresh, develop as a habit, and benefit from. Like most habits, it’s best to integrate it into daily life with regularity, even for short amounts of time. Comparable to the development of skills in your Pilates practice, consistent commitment is key to making progress – even during challenging times.
It might help to use a cue, like journaling first thing in the morning or right before bed, or just before you walk out the door at the start of your day, as a reminder to pause and reflect on one or more things you are grateful for in life. Something as simple as a comfortable pair of shoes, a sunny day, or a lovely morning cup of tea are reason enough to pause and give thanks. Ideally, pause long enough for a moment of mindfulness and sense how the thing you are grateful for makes you feel and how it enriches your life. For example, a comfortable pair of shoes helps you move through your day with ease, energy and healthy, happy feet—a huge gift!
Sense the benefits and share the love
Notice if your gratitude practice affects how you feel throughout the day. Share it out into the world by verbalizing what you are grateful for, or expressing your appreciation for those around with a card or a hug. You might find the routine aspects of life that we can easily take for granted seem fresh and rewarding.