How might I practice more gratitude in my daily routine?

Be grateful and say thank you.

No matter what.

Especially when you are facing tough challenges.

Koreans describe this wisdom by saying “It’s hard to spit in front of someone’s smiling face.” Smiling does not resolve the situation but it often mediates the conflict and gives space for you to reflect and resolve the situation better.

Reacting, on the other hand, is often not the solution. Social media and digital communication also does not help. With digital devices at our fingertips, we are so used to expressing our emotions before taking a step back to reflect, pause, and chew on what we are feeling.

In the digital age and a world that moves quickly, we are used to reacting and responding immediately. But, when can I give space to be grateful and learn from these moments?

The word “thank you” means nothing if you don’t mean it.

Even when you are super busy, there are several ways to practice gratitude more intentionally. Here are some tips as we kickstart Thanksgiving holidays.

1. Start identifying 20 things you are grateful for every day.

Yes, 20 or more. You would be surprised at how many things you are grateful for than you thought. The first few weeks doing this exercise can be challenging but the more you do it the easier it would feel.

2. Write down what you are grateful for regularly.

Thinking is one thing. Writing it down is another. Focus on making time to identify things you are grateful for regularly and keep track of them. Gratitude journals and blogs are good options.

3. Say it out loud.

Tell your loved ones thank you. Tell a stranger thank you. Use your social media and emails to say thank you to someone. The more you get comfortable expressing it out loud, the more you will be in a mind of gratitude regularly.

This week ask yourself: “How might I practice more gratitude in my daily routine?”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monica Kang
Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

Originally published on our weekly newsletter on November 21, 2016. Want to get it in your inbox? Sign up today to get creative insights and resources every Monday morning EST.