4 Hacks to Be More Grateful 🚀
Unique ways to practice gratitude, opportunities at Founder Institute, roles at Adidas, openings at the Jim Joseph Foundation, and more!
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This week, we’re discussing easy ways to introduce gratitude into your routine. With conscious practice, anyone can train themselves to build a positive bias, avoid anxiety, and live well.
Let's dive in!
Practice the gratitude ABCs.
If you’re struggling to sleep at night, turn to your gratitude ABCs. In your head, go through each letter of the alphabet with something you’re grateful for. “I’m thankful for my friend Alan…I’m grateful for books…I love my trusty old car… ” Do this all the way to Z. You’ll gain peace of mind and fall asleep faster!
Send unexpected thank you’s.
It’s well documented that giving thanks can make you happier. While appreciating your inner circle is a must, take this a step further by thanking under-appreciated strangers. Whether it’s the subway driver or a restaurant health inspector, look to thank unrecognized strangers that've had even the slightest role in helping your life.
Dine like a professional taster.
When you drink coffee, it probably tastes like coffee. But for a professional taster, they might pick up hints of chocolate, maple syrup, and rich Colombian herbs. During your next meal, take a few seconds to pick out every flavor you can. Savor those bites to the extreme. This can increase both mindfulness and gratitude.
Don’t be nostalgic.
As author A.J. Jacobs has said, “glorifying the past is a thief of joy.” That’s because nostalgia prevents us from enjoying the present moment. So, make an effort to catch yourself when you fall into nostalgia. Instead of reminiscing about a fun vacation, get excited about your next excursion. Be grateful for the here and now - it's the quickest way to live your best life.
QUESTION FOR YOU
Who is someone you've been meaning to thank?
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- Dylan, Justin, and the Next Gen HQ Team