Gratitude Girl: 7 Life Hacks to Being Thankful
Look around you. No matter who you are, the color your skin or your background, there is something to be thankful for. A roof over your head, the food in your fridge, your family and friends are all precious gifts. Every day that you are in good health, can get up and go to school, or grab a glass of clean water to drink is a special moment. When you begin to recognize the goodness within your own life and make positives choices in an effort to be grateful for those things, you will see that every day there is more and more to be thankful for. The following life hacks are great tools to help you discover your inner leadHERship, strive for better within yourself and increase your level of Happy!
Keep a Daily Gratitude List
Write down at least 3 things you’re grateful for each day. It can be as simple as “I am grateful to be on the cheerleading team” or “ I am grateful for my amazing family”. Practice acknowledging good things each day and soon you will find them everywhere you go. I encourage you to add new things to your list, (it will get easier day by day) because we all have a ton of things we can be grateful for. Expand your mind and feel the gratitude flow in! (This is a great parent/daughter activity.)
Start Making Thankfulness a Priority
Your needs matter and so do others! If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, how are you going to recognize the value in others? Remember, it IS possible to be thankful for what you have to offer to the world while simultaneously caring for those around you. Once you make thankfulness a priority within yourself and when your needs are met, you will likely be more capable of helping those who need you most.
Live in the Present
‘Right now” is like a miracle. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you, so why not live it up! Be grateful, thankful and appreciative for these moments. So stop thinking about how great things will be in the future. Stop focusing on what did or did not happen in the past. Learn to be in the ‘here and now’ and experience life as it’s happening. Appreciate the amazing world we live in and ALL of the beauty it holds, right now.
Enjoy the things you already have
The problem with many of us (myself included) is that we all think we’ll be happy when we reach a specific goal in life. For example, you finally get the popular boyfriend, you make the basketball team or take 25 pics before we find one that will get over 11 likes on Instagram, etc. Unfortunately, it takes a while before you get there, and when you get there, the excitement will only last for a short time and you’ll likely have a new destination in mind. You will end up spending so much time working toward something new without ever stopping to enjoy the things you have now. So take a quiet moment every morning when you first wake up to appreciate where you are and what you already have.
Start being thankful for what you have to offer
In life, we are often thinking about being perfect, and in reality no one is. We should all try to figure out what we can do to help make the world a more awesome place and be thankful for the opportunity to do so. Life is all about taking a chance, making mistakes and being okay with it. You will never be 100% sure that it will work out, but you can 100% sure that doing nothing but complaining won’t work! Most of the time we just have to take a leap of faith and go for it! No matter the result, it will always end up the way it should be. Through it all you either will succeed or learn another lesson. Be thankful that you have something to offer and don’t waste your talents.
Having a bad day—seek help by looking at others.
Start noticing what you like about other people and tell them! And before you know it, any bad day you have will be cheered up in no time. From my own personal experience this really works! When you have an appreciation for the awesomeness around you, it can lead to a more productive, happy and peaceful day. Give a high-five, cheer on your friends victories and be thankful for their blessings. Have you heard of the saying “What goes around comes around “. Sooner or later you will be more thankful and forget about all of your troubles.
Be more open
Life is short and you only have one life to live. If you are hurting and upset give yourself time to be angry – but not for long. Talk to the people closer to you and be open about what is making you upset and tell the TRUTH. No matter your age, there is a great feeling about getting things off your chest and letting it go. So if a friend is not talking to you over some boy, let it go and be thankful that you are a good friend. If you are angry at your mother or father, find a special way to talk to them when things are settled down and be thankful that they are willing to listen. When you are open about your feelings you are taking another step toward feeling thankful about life.
Do you have any special hacks or tips to other teen girls? We would love to share your tips and fun life hacks to other cool girls like yourself!