Our holistic approach to home health and wellness at SortJoy entails more than just organizing and decluttering your home. It’s important to approach home wellness from all aspects including your physical and mental health. If either of these is in poor condition, it can be extremely hard to get your home in tip-top shape. That’s why we are taking a break from our regularly scheduled home organizing content to talk about gratitude practice.
The idea of a gratitude practice may seem unapproachable but this is a simple and effective 15-minute activity that helps you appreciate your life more, achieve a higher level of calm, and can give you clarity around the things that matter most. Overall, expressing gratitude often has been proven to help increase your happiness, and getting in the habit starts with a conscious effort such as we outline below. With so much going on in the world right now, many of us can benefit from the boost to our mood that a gratitude practice can provide.
The idea of a gratitude practice may seem unapproachable but this is a simple and effective 15-minute activity that helps you appreciate your life more, achieve a higher level of calm, and can give you clarity around the things that matter most.
Here is what you should think about when starting a gratitude practice:
Understand why you want to do this practice.
Make a conscious decision to be grateful for the big and small things in your life.
Devote 15-minutes to the practice once a day or a few times a week in the morning when you wake up so you start your day off right.
Create a ritual for yourself around this practice. You can choose to devote the time right when you wake up and do it from bed or pick another habit like grabbing coffee and sitting on your patio while journaling. Set yourself up for success by making your routine a ritual.
What you need to do is simple: reflect on the things you are grateful for. These should be big and small things and you want to get as specific as you can. If your mind goes blank, read through the below prompts for inspiration:
Think of people in your life and what they have done for you.
Look out the window and focus on the colors, sounds, and if the window is open, the smells, temperature, and wind.
Think about the day ahead and what you look forward to most.
Reflect on past experiences you have enjoyed and what benefits they have provided you.
Focus on some of your favorite possessions and why they are your favorite.
Look at photos and think about the positive feelings you experienced during those experiences.
Go back to the last time you really laughed.
Think of the things that made you smile or happy this last week
Think of the last time someone did something nice for you.
Think of the last time you did something nice for someone else.
Reflect on art that you love and the positive feelings it gives you.
Ponder your city and the things within it that you appreciate and get value from.
Once you think of your grateful thoughts, physically write them down in a journal or on a piece of paper. It can be nice but not necessary to use a journal to look back at all the things you have been grateful for. Make this practice your own and choose the format that works best for you.
Going one step beyond journaling and your 15-minute practice, when you go through your day, think about all the small things that are positive. The temperature outside, the birds chirping, the delicious cup of coffee you are drinking, the feel of the sweater you are wearing. These small things are not insignificant and expressing gratitude for them and the many other things that are good in your life will continue to boost your mood.
By setting gratitude as an intention, you will start noticing more and more things that you are grateful for. If you have any questions or want to talk about gratitude or overall home wellness, feel free to reach out.