Does gratitude ever feel difficult? We, at The Brave Files Podcast, know it isn’t always the easiest thing to focus on. Nevertheless, it’s the hard things that push us to grow! But here’s the thing, friend. While feeling grateful may not always be easy, it certainly is simple.
That’s why we’ve created a special gratitude episode once again this year. Without a doubt, it’s through the simple routine of a gratitude practice that we begin to actually shift our mindset towards one of happiness and positivity. We’re working to build a community of people focused on gratitude because we know we can’t do it alone. Let’s grow grateful together!
We hope you enjoy this episode featuring our listeners, loved ones, and team.
Why Is Gratitude So Important?
I’ve said it before, but consistent gratitude changes everything. When you make gratitude a habit, you train your brain to focus on the good. In addition, the more you focus on it the stronger it becomes. Eventually, your gratitude practice becomes routine. And just like that – you’ll experience a fuller, more joyful life.
Check out more of my thoughts on gratitude here.
What To Do When Gratitude Feels Hard
We’re all human, and no human is perfect. Unquestionably, there are always going to be times when gratitude doesn’t come quite as easily as we’d like. Whether it’s one bad day or series of not-so-great weeks, rely on that habit is where you’re find strength.
When gratitude feels exceptionally difficult, try this:
- Write it down. A change definitely occurs when we shift from thinking about what we’re grateful for to actually putting pen to paper. Indeed, no matter how surface-level your list seems, write it down.
- Ground yourself. Stop and identify five things you can immediately see, touch, smell, or hear that you are grateful for. This exercise brings you to a more present state and really shows you can find gratitude anywhere.
- Find a community of gratitude. Everything’s better when we’re together! It’s not always enough to simply identify what you’re grateful for. You also need to share it with those around you. Tell a friend. Shout it from the rooftops. Whatever you do, do it with others.
Where To Find A Grateful Community
This is a good one, friends. I’ve started a Facebook community where we can all focus on growing grateful together! Additionally, we’re bringing our kids into the conversation and building a community of gratitude. I’d absolutely love for you to join us. Head over to the group here.
Did you know that The Brave Files host, Heather Vickery, has created another Gratitude Journal? This journal is geared towards families and encourages building healthy gratitude practices together.
There's also a 2nd Edition of Heather's first book, Shift Your Focus!