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Practice Gratitude

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Use these simple tactics for a positive outlook on life.

“Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible,” according to Harvard Health Publications, and is also touted “to strongly and consistently be associated with greater happiness.” If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of this beneficial practice, try fostering a healthy habit below:

Notice the Beauty of Nature

Our natural surroundings regularly shift throughout the day. Keep an eye out for beautiful moments, like when the sun warms your room as it filters through the window, or when you catch a glimpse of a colorful sunset.

Look for Ways to Give Thanks

Pay close attention to people who help you throughout the day. Make a point to look them in the eyes and give thanks — no matter how big or small the task.

See Areas for Growth

Have you come across a stumbling block in life or feel like you’ve made a mistake? Take a moment to seek out the positive. Could this be an opportunity for growth or a chance to make amends? Changing your perspective to the bright side can help you see a negative situation in a more positive light.

Institute a Zero Complaints Day

Choose one day a week to ban all verbal complaints. This may take some practice. But this type of restriction will help redirect your focus to notice the good instead of the bad. You might just find yourself feeling a little bit more peaceful!