5 Ways To Practice Gratitude Each Day

Before we jump into today’s topic, I should probably discuss my 36-day gratitude photo challenge. I didn’t get up to day 36, yes this is true. But I got pretty close! And while I haven’t been posting about gratitude, I’ve been practicing it every single day. And I continue to be amazed by how gratitude is bringing so much clarity and positivity into my life. It’s been a game-changer!

Here are 5 ways you can include gratitude into each day!

5 ways

1. Start With Gratitude

First thing when you wake up in the morning, before your feet hit the floor, list 5 things you are grateful for. If there is something your particularly worried about that day – whether it’s work-related or personal -look at the situation and see what part of it you can be grateful for. It’s amazing how often the situation turns out so much better than you expected because you chose to focus on the positive aspects of the problem. For example: Let’s say you’re meeting a difficult client that day. Don’t focus on the challenging aspects of your relationship, but rather be grateful for the positive aspects.

2. Open Your Eyes

Gratitude shouldn’t just happen when you’re sitting down and being deliberate about it. Once you start practicing gratitude daily, you will actually find yourself stopping in your tracks to be grateful. This often happens to me on my way to work. It’s the time of day when the sun is rising on the horizon and it’s absolutely breathtaking some days. I will actually stop my car and stare at the beauty of the sunrise and express my gratitude for it.

3. Grateful For People

How often do we cruise through our day without really thanking people for the little things they do to make our day brighter? And I’m not just talking about saying thanks to the man who opened the door for you at the office. Was there a gas attendant who was extra cheerful? Or did your barista put a happy face on your macchiato that made your day? Keep your eyes peeled for the people that are going above and beyond to make your day a bit more special and give them a big THANKS!

4. Share The Practice With Others

I was giving my 3 year-old son a bath today and I asked him what made him happy (the word gratitude is a bit beyond his vocabulary at this point). He said Holly (our dog), mommy, daddy, Zoe (his sister) and Taylor (his friend). I then went through the list of things I was grateful for and, of course, I made sure he was on the top of the list. By sharing our gratitude with others, no matter what their age, we share our heart which allows us to connect more deeply with others. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all need?

5. Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Before I fall asleep at night, I go over a list of 3 – 5 things I’m grateful for that day. It fills my head with beautiful thoughts before I fall asleep. I also feel like it helps attract more positivity while my subconscious is hard at work during the night.


Try some of these tips in the next few days and see how they transform your day. I can’t believe the way my life has opened up since I started practicing gratitude. The one thing I notice the most is that I am so mindful since starting this journey. I see the beauty and the gift in everything. Some days it’s almost emotionally overwhelming.

How do you practice gratitude and how often? Has your gratitude practice changed your life? I’d love to hear your stories. My hope is to one day write a book about gratitude’s transformational power on every day people like you and me.

Day 32: Nature

I always joke that I was born in the wrong era. I am the girl who was supposed to have a baby strapped to her back while she worked the fields. That’s where I would have been happiest! I love to work outdoors – whether it’s chopping ice off the driveway, planting my garden, watering plants, cutting the grass. I also enjoy just being quiet in the trees and hearing the whistling wind through the branches. And the smell… don’t even get me started on the smell! One of my strongest memories from my childhood is connected to the smell of poplar trees. It instantly brings me back to being 8 years old, and having a picnic with my brother under those towering trees. And that makes me happy. ❤

What is it about nature that you’re grateful for?

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Day 31: Neighbours

Can you believe there is only 5 days left in the Gratitude 36 Challenge? Where did the time go? Today, let’s be grateful for our neighbours. I truly live in the best neighbourhood around! I’m surrounded by people I know and trust, and many of them have become my best friends. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about how lucky I am to live here.

Do you know your neighbours well?

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Day 30: Inspiration

In the line of work I’m in, I truly need inspiration every single day. But inspiration also plays an important part of my home life as well. It dictates what’s for dinner, what I’m going to wear, how I will decorate my house. Inspiration is everywhere! What inspires you?

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Day 29: Day

What I love most about each day is that it’s like a renewal. It’s a chance for a do-over. And greeting the day with a bright sunrise is the greatest gift we can receive. What about “day” are you most grateful for?


Day 28: Night

I love the evenings. It’s my time of day to unwind, and to let my body refuel. And is there anything better than sitting by a roaring bonfire, starring at the moon, stars and if you’re lucky, the Northern lights? And there is such a crisp delicious smell at night. Be thankful for all of that!


Day 27: Art

I have always been someone who gets great joy from doing art. Whether it’s painting with water colours, scrapbooking, making handmade cards or drawing in a colouring book – it definitely puts me in my happy place. Maybe you aren’t the creative type but just like to have art in your home. Maybe your art is music. How does art play a part in your life and why are you grateful for it?


Day 26: Cuddles

This might be my favourite of all the gratitude challenges so far! I’m a hugger so I’m always ready for some cuddles. Whether it’s the hubby, the puppy or the kidlets, there is always someone to cuddle in this house. I’m pretty luck that way! Are you a cuddler?


Day 25: Water

I think we could all agree that without water, we wouldn’t last too long. So that alone is enough for us to be grateful for! But water is so much more. It’s warm showers, it’s a thirst-quenching drink on a humid day, it’s the waves of the ocean crashing on the beach. Today be thankful for H20!