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Devin C. Hughes
Devin C. Hughes Chief Inspiration Officer
6mo San Diego, CA, United States Story
How to Practice Gratitude - Helpful Tips

When life gets a little overwhelming, it’s easy to get hung up on the things you don’t have – more money, fewer responsibilities, more free time… this list can be endless. While all of these are goal-worthy dreams, living in the endless cycle of have-nots can begin to take its toll on your day-to-day life. You can find yourself feeling less happy and fulfilled; instead you feel short-tempered, short-changed and resentful.

The upside to all of this is that you can shift your perspective by practicing a little bit of gratitude each and every day. It doesn’t take any extra time – you can do it while at the gym, walking the dog or in the elevator.

To get you started, here is a short sampling of gratitude exercises you can use to build your own set that you will use every single day. Multiple times throughout the day. It will change your perspective and help you become more aware of the countless blessings you do have in your life.

  • Upon waking: Before your feet even hit the floor, be thankful for the gift of a new day. It holds such promise!
  • If you have a hectic morning routine, remind yourself how blessed you are to be able to meet the demands of both yourself and those that depend on you.
  • Throughout the day: Anytime you see something or someone that elicits positive feelings, remind yourself how lucky you are to have these things and people in your life.
  • When you move about, be thankful for how you’re ambulating – whether it’s on-foot or with the aid of technology, be grateful you have the freedom to go where you like.
  • Each time you drink or eat something, remember that each bite of food or sip of clean water is a gift.
  • Be thankful for the clothing on your body, protecting you from the elements and keeping you at the right temperature.
  • Show gratitude when someone does a good job or deed – praise them and watch their day become a little brighter, too!
  • At bedtime: Be thankful you made it through the day so that you could lay down and sleep in a warm, safe environment.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, but give it a try. When you get into the habit of feeling grateful, a whole new world of possibilities opens up because you’ve opened up to them! 

Thanks for reading. If this was valuable to you, I’d be honored if you followed me on Twitter Devin C. Hughes, where I share the latest research on happiness, mindfulness and human performance, and subscribe to my newsletter, where an earlier version of this article appeared.

Devin C. Hughes, the Chief Inspiration Officer is a highly sought after speaker, author, happiness muse, mindfulness trainer & executive coach. He is the author of seven books and his approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset and mindfulness.

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10 comments

  • Lost_ Yank911
    Lost_ Yank911 Random thoughts from an EMT
    6mo ago

    Devin, this was a wonderful post! I agree everyday is truly a gift! People tend to take things for granted. It's the little things in life that make the world go round. Thank You!

    Devin, this was a wonderful post! I agree everyday is truly a gift! People tend to take things for granted. It's the little things in life that make the world go round. Thank You!

    • Devin C. Hughes
      Devin C. Hughes Chief Inspiration Officer
      6mo ago

      Glad you enjoyed it!! Have a great weekend!

      Glad you enjoyed it!! Have a great weekend!

  • Benhilda
    Benhilda eBook Writer, Article Writer, Editor
    6mo ago

    Great post. Gratitude is about being less selfish.

    Great post. Gratitude is about being less selfish.

  • Jacquelyn
    Jacquelyn Etiquette Consultant
    6mo ago

    I needed this this morning! Thank you

    I needed this this morning! Thank you

  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Influencer
    6mo ago

    Devin, have you previously heard of the FISH! Philosophy? It's a fish market in Seattle that is very well known for their positive attitudes not only in every daily life but in the workplace. The link to the video is below. Please watch and let me know your thoughts! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZKiJejNRtw

    Devin, have you previously heard of the FISH! Philosophy? It's a fish market in Seattle that is very well known for their positive attitudes not only in every daily life but in the workplace. The link to the video is below. Please watch and let me know your thoughts! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZKiJejNRtw

    • Devin C. Hughes
      Devin C. Hughes Chief Inspiration Officer
      6mo ago

      I know the market and have been to it several times to observe and listen in - it always draws a crowd

      I know the market and have been to it several times to observe and listen in - it always draws a crowd

      • Courtney Dercqu
        Courtney Dercqu Influencer
        6mo ago

        That's awesome! I've always been wanting to check it out. Is it really as inspiring as they say it is?

        That's awesome! I've always been wanting to check it out. Is it really as inspiring as they say it is?

        • Devin C. Hughes
          Devin C. Hughes Chief Inspiration Officer
          6mo ago

          The energy from the crowd is contagious

          The energy from the crowd is contagious


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