The Power of Thankfulness: 5 Essential Tips

The Power of Thankfulness: 5 Essential Tips

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Robert Brault

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week many of my readers will celebrate Thanksgiving.

So I thought it would be a good time to share a handful of my favorite tips for making thankfulness a daily part of life.

Because being thankful for what you have is one of the simplest and easiest ways to lift your mood. To give your motivation a jolt. And to live a happier life.

No matter who you are or where you live in the world.

1. Pause and look around yourself.

A simple first step to being more thankful is to pause during your day and ask yourself these two questions:

  • What are 3 things I can be thankful for in my life today?
  • Who are 3 people I can be thankful to have in my life and why?

If you don’t come up with 3 people and 3 things each day then that is OK. One thing or person is great too.

But if you can, try to not repeat yourself too often.

Instead, think of more people and things to be grateful for to, day by day, expand your thankful view of your world.

2. Express your thankfulness.

Don’t stop at just coming up with people for whom you are grateful to have in your life.

Take a few seconds to tell them about it. This will make their lives happier. And as their faces light up with a smile you’ll feel happier too.

Now, that gratitude could just be a small sentence. But it can have a big impact on someone’s day, week or even life.

So be sure to make the small effort to express it.

3. Look towards yourself too.

It is not only things that are important. Or other people.

You are important and valuable too.

So appreciate that.

Ask yourself:

What are 3 things I can be thankful for about myself?

It could be that you were a good sister during a crisis last week. It could be that you finally got done with that boring or difficult task you had been procrastinating on.

Your self-gratitude does not have to be all about achievements.

You can simply be thankful for your good sense of humor. Or the help you give your friends and family by being a good listener from time to time.

And the thankfulness doesn’t have to be about big things either. It could simply be about the fact that you floss for a couple of minutes in the morning.

4. Be thankful for the things you may take for granted.

The things we get very used to having can become things we take for granted. But they are not things everyone in the world has access to.

A few such things that I like to reflect upon and feel very thankful for having are:

  • A roof over my head and a warm home.
  • Plenty of drinkable water.
  • That I don’t have to go hungry.
  • Being able to enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.
  • Access to the internet so that I can learn and connect with people.

I have found that being grateful for things like these are especially helpful to zoom out and to put my situation in perspective when I am going through a tough time in life.

5. Start or end your day with thankfulness.

To make thankfulness into a habit that sticks find a regular time for it in your day.

For example, you can start your day in a good way by finding 3 things to be grateful for about yourself over breakfast.

Or you can take a few minutes in the evening, just before going to bed, to use a journal to write down 3 things you are grateful for about your day.

Try a tiny time commitment like one of these and see what impact it has on your life.


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  • Keeping a gratitude journal has been so instrumental in my own happiness journey, often reflecting on similar topics you’ve raised here. I appreciate your points, above!

  • Above tips are very useful. Thank you.

  • Fatmawati F.

    It is true that thankfulness comes from my self. If I just look at other people even their wealth, I will not be sufficient in my life. We say thank for our need not only our desire.

  • Very nice post! I also read your post “24 quick ways to make some one happy today”. You have done a great job. As well as nothing can be as blissful than saying thank you to people who showed a lending hand to you during your time of struggle. It’s really a good habit.

  • Suzanne McLaughlin

    Yes, if you are thankful, it gives you peace. And, when you have peace life is so much easier. It helps you have a open mind that is ready for what life has to offer. You can see the future, and you look forward to the day. Often the people that have overcome the hardest things in life, are the most thankful because they made their way thru.

  • Tamara Hectus

    Thank you for your lovely posts on positivity and gratitude…sometimes when I struggle to remember to be present, to be grateful, one of your posts arrives in my email box and provides that reminder. Thank you ?? I’m grateful for you, Henrik!

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoy this and all your posts! Be the good and spread the good!

  • Manish Chawla

    Thank you for such lovely blog it surely does lift up my mood. I thank myself for connecting with you

  • Kennedy

    Thank you for your wise words

  • Ram

    I am thankful that I am associated with you, who keeps me motivated and fills my mind with positive energy.

    God bless you.

  • Thankfulness is the voice of the soul. Those people who do not have a soul will never be thankful.

  • Starting to put into practice your advice – Thanks Henrik for your constant input of valuable suggestions to make our lives easier and happier – keep up the good work!! May God bless you!