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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Moberg

Beginning a Gratitude and Appreciation Practice

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Gratitude and appreciation are powerful emotions that can have a positive impact on our mental, physical, and energetic well-being. It helps us focus on what we already have rather than what we lack, and it can increase our overall sense of happiness and contentment. Shifting our focus on appreciation helps shift and uplift our energy. Starting a gratitude and appreciation practice is a great way to incorporate this emotion into your daily life. In this blog post, we'll explore some simple steps to start a gratitude and appreciation practice that you can easily integrate into your daily routine.

1. Set aside time each day

The first step in starting a gratitude and appreciation practice is to set aside time each day to focus on what you're grateful for and appreciate. It can be as little as 5 minutes or as much as 30 minutes, but consistency is key. Find a time that works for you, whether it's first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or before bed, and stick to it.

2. Keep a gratitude and appreciations journal

One of the most effective ways to practice gratitude and appreciation is to keep a gratitude and appreciation journal. At the end of each day, write down three things you're grateful for. These can be big or small things, such as a good cup of coffee or tea, a supportive friend, or a beautiful sunset. The act of writing down what you're grateful and appreciate for helps to solidify the emotion and keeps it at the forefront of your mind.

3. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. When you're practicing gratitude, it's important to be mindful of the things you're grateful for. Take a few moments each day to pause and reflect on what you're grateful for and allow yourself to fully experience the emotion of appreciating people, places, situations, things, your health, and well-being (to name a few!).

4. Share your gratitude and appreciations

Sharing your gratitude and appreciations with others can help to reinforce the emotion and spread positivity. Take some time each day to express your gratitude to someone else, whether it's a friend, family member, or co-worker. You can send a text or email, write a thank-you note, or simply tell them in person.

5. Practice self-compassion

Practicing gratitude and appreciation towards yourself is just as important as practicing gratitude towards others. Take a few moments each day to reflect on what you're grateful for about yourself, things you appreciate yourself, and a list of your proud accomplishments. This can be something as simple as your sense of humor, your kindness, and your resilience through hurdles and challenges. Practicing self-compassion helps to cultivate a positive self-image and can have a positive impact on your mental health.

In conclusion, starting a gratitude and appreciation practice is a simple yet powerful way to incorporate positivity and mindfulness into your daily routine. By setting aside time each day, keeping a gratitude journal, practicing mindfulness, sharing your gratitude, and practicing self-compassion, you can cultivate a sense of gratitude that can have a profound impact on your well-being. Give it a try and see how it can transform your life.

About the Author

I am Stephanie Moberg, M.A., an integrative life coach and intuitive energy practitioner. With a master's degree in psychology specializing in child, couple, and family therapy, along with a bachelor's degree in health psychology, I have built a strong foundation in the coaching field. Over the course of 18 years plus, I have gained extensive experience in the mental health and research fields, enriching my practice and integrating a wealth of knowledge into my work with clients.

Since a young age, I have nurtured a deep connection with my intuition, and I now utilize this gift to provide personalized support to my clients. Drawing upon my profound understanding of energy and intuition, I empower each individual by equipping them with practical and customized tools and techniques for their personal growth and transformation.

In my coaching practice, I prioritize creating a safe and compassionate environment, offering a nurturing space where clients can openly explore and overcome obstacles, thoughts, emotions, and challenges. My approach revolves around facilitating alignment with your goals and personal well-being. I am dedicated to providing invaluable guidance to those who are navigating their unique life's journey. Together, we can embark on a transformative path towards self-discovery, empowerment, and fulfillment. Visit for more information.

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