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An Attitude of Gratitude

A sustainable lifestyle starts with mindful living, and you can't be mindful without practising gratitude: the two go hand in hand.

So here are my top ideas of how we can keep an attitude of gratitude in our daily family lives:

  • Keep a gratitude journal.

  • Tell someone you love them and how much you appreciate them.

  • Notice beauty in nature.

  • Smile more.

  • Include an act of kindness in your life each day.

  • Avoid negative media and seek out inspiring content.

  • Cook meals with love, think of the people you will sustain.

  • Repay your gratitude: volunteer, help or give back where and if you can.

  • Write a card or letter to someone and tell them something nice.

  • Add to your gratitude list daily.

  • When you think a negative thought, try to see the positive.

  • Commit to one day a week when you won’t complain.

  • Try to take note when people do something good and give recognition and reward effort.

  • Live mindfully, not worrying about the past or future.

  • Take time to thank the people who are continuing to serve you in the community when you come across them.

  • Say thank you for the little things your loved ones do for you that you normally take for granted.

  • Display quotes and images that remind you to be grateful around your house.

  • Make a gratitude collage or board.

  • Make gratitude a part of family life by sharing it with each other during meal time.

  • Practise gratitude at the same time every day to make it a habit.

  • Focus on your strengths.

  • Share gratitude each day with positive social media posts or blogs (like this one).

Could you commit to doing even one of these to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your home?

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