There are many things we can take gratitude in as an individual. But there are even more simple ways which we can help others be grateful. It does not have to be big. In fact, it is the small, simple things in life that can brighten up someone’s day.
In today’s busy world we often take for granted people, places and things. we think they will always be there. Or the we will get around to doing something “one day”. Quite often that “one day” never comes.
Instead we need to appreciate what is around us at this moment in time. It’s time to enjoy being in the here and now. Time to not put off being grateful for the people in your life, the places you get to see or the things you want to do.
Here are five ways to inspire gratitude in others:
Send a thank you note – Not a card or something typed on your computer. Handwritten notes are much more personalised and meaningful. Remember the time in school where your teacher made you make handmade cards. The joy and gratitude you saw on the face of that person also gave you feeling of gratitude. The care and feeling you put into that card created more meaning than one that could have been brought in the shop. Don’t underestimate the power of the written word – and a personal touch!
Be there and just listen – Sometimes the best thing you can do is just be there for someone and listen without judgement. Whether or not they are a friend or a stranger who needs someone to talk to. Try not to offer your opinion unless it is asked for or you think it may help. But just being there may be all they need and they will be grateful for your time.
Learn to compromise – This is a hard one, but don’t be afraid to say sorry after a disagreement because it will bring many benefits to your personal, family and professional lives. After all, is it worth losing a a good friend over something that turns out to be trivial!
Share a hug – There are many studies which prove that hugging gives lots of benefits and can make someone feel calm, relaxed and safe. Not everyone is a hugger though so be aware of boundaries. A simple handshake or touch on the shoulder may be a starting point.
Smile at people – As the song goes; when you smile the whole world smiles with you. Smiling is perhaps the most contagious gesture and it may be all someone needs to feel better. Whether it is a friend, colleague, the person who serves you coffee each morning or a stranger on the street. A simple smile can make people feel better and that someone cares.
Often we don’ know what someone else is feeling and a small gesture can go a long way to make them feel better.
Here is a video I took of a sunset in one of the most beautiful places. It alway inspires a feeling of calmness and gratitude.