6 Practical Ways to Be More Grateful

Minimalism can be difficult. It can be hard to remove yourself from the love of material things, especially when you see everyone living this lifestyle that you aren't It can be really hard. 

The best way to overcome this-- or most hardships in life-- is to be GRATEFUL. Yes, even when it feels like you have nothing to be grateful for. Here's some tips on how to become more grateful. 

Write in a gratitude journal. 

 A gratitude journal is a great way to visually see all the things you are blessed with in your life. I talk about the importance of a gratitude journal HERE but I'm telling you guys, it truly is life changing to end your day, each day, with a list of GOOD things you already HAVE. You'll look around and realize you already have a totally full life. 

Write thank-you letters. 

Some times the best things in life aren't things. They're people. When you're feeling deprived and like you don't have as much as other people do, look at the people you have in your life. Who has influenced you? Impacted you? Support you? Been there for you? Loved you? Encouraged you? Maybe it's someone you haven't spoken to in a while. Or maybe it's someone you see everyday, like your spouse or best friend. Write them a thank-you letter, expressing how much they mean to you and how they have impacted your life. You'll feel so blessed. Because you ARE! 

Volunteer. 

Look for those that have less than you do. And then go help. There is nothing more humbling or sobering that realizing you actually have SO much compared to other people. Decided to act on that realization by reaching out to your local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, church, animal shelter, etc. to see where you can help.

If you don't have time to volunteer, check out More Love Letters, an organization that posts the stories of people who could use some encouragement right now, hoping strangers will write them a letter of love and encouragement.  I love doing this, and think it's a great alternative to volunteering if you simply don't have the time. Reading some of these stories will help you realize that there are people that have less than you do. 

Make a reverse bucket list. 

A reverse bucket list is a list of things you have already done or accomplished in your life that you are excited about. Instead of saying, "To have a complete life, I must do these things...", a reverse bucket list says, "I have a complete life! I did all these things!" Look back on your life and all the wonderful things you have accomplished. Write it down and truly reflect on these experiences. Feel content with the beautiful life you've been given. You can read my reverse bucket list HERE. 

Find the silver lining. 

Going along with that, try to always find the silver lining. Look for the positive. I promise you there is good in EVERYTHING. And yes, that means death, divorce, cancer, pain, getting fired. There is good in it all. I promise you. So find it. Sit and think and pray and ask others until you find the silver lining. 

Turn off the complaining. 

This is SO important. To be grateful means to not complain about your circumstances. That also means you need to kick any complaining out of your life. If you have friends that are constant complainers, mention that you're trying to complain less and ask them for your support. Turn off TV shows that glorify complaining (for me, this is Keeping Up With the Kardashians...I can't handle the constant complaining!) Unfollow people on social media who use it as a consistent platform to complain. You don't need that influence in your life!