In November, you likely give thanks over a bountiful Thanksgiving table. But gratitude needn’t come just once a year.
In fact, studies suggest that being grateful often improves overall well-being, fosters a positive outlook, and may even encourage exercise and self-care.
Use these seven ideas to practice gratitude. Every. Single. Day.
- Write down three things you were grateful for that day before falling asleep.
- Compliment a colleague on their work performance.
- Give thanks for the present moment by pouring a cup of tea; then savor its smell and taste and the warmth of the mug.
- Cook a meal for a friend, family member or partner whom you love.
- Snuggle your cat or dog (or volunteer at the animal shelter once per week if you don’t want to own a pet).
- Give thanks to the earth by recycling, and by composting your cooking scraps.
- Call your mom often!
If tea’s not your thing, whip up one of these six healthy hot drink recipes. You’ll definitely feel grateful for their warmth and deliciousness.