There is a rule I try to apply when giving a compliment or expressing gratitude. I like to add the reason for the expression. For example, instead of just a “Thank you”, make it “Thank you for cleaning the house while I worked in the yard. Now we can both relax and have fun for the rest of the day.”
The extra context let’s the other person know the positive impact they’ve had on you and that they have made a specific difference in your life.
Let’s apply the same to gratitude in general. Today’s Simple Smile Igniter is to make a gratitude list as you go throughout the day. Everytime you experience a moment of gratitude write it down in your phone or in a journal. Don’t just write “I’m grateful for my car.”. But add context “I am grateful that I have a well-running car with a great stereo to drive to work. I love listening to my favorite songs on the way to work and run quick errands on the way home at the end of the day.”
When we add the context it becomes more real and more heartfelt. Part of acknowledging gratitude is about becoming more aware. The more aware we are of all the great things, people, and events we have in life the more aware we become of how blessed we truly are.
Also keep your statements positive. The positive statement is a positive message to your subconscious. This will tell your subconscious that this is a good thing and bring more of this into my life. For example, “Thank you for a fresh coffee this morning. I love the warmth of the cup in my hand and the aroma perks me up for the day” is more positive than “Thank you for a fresh cup of coffee so I am not tired and dragging all day long”. The first gratitude statement is upbeat, soothing, and positive. The second is exhausting and sends the message to your subconscious to make today a chore.
Give this a try today and let me know if you experience a day filled with more smiles.