Do you practice gratitude every day? If not, you should. Why? Because it’s good for you! Gratefulness opens the door to happiness. Science tells us that practicing gratitude every day makes you more optimistic and less negative. And we all know that the optimist is more likely to share smiles of gratitude with others than the pessimist, right?
5 Ways to Acquire Smiles of Gratitude
Gratefulness makes way for happiness. And happy people smile. Here are five ways to bring on smiles of gratitude to share with the world.
Keep a Journal
Journaling allows you to look back and reflect on all that you have to be thankful for. And reading over things we’re grateful for is immensely encouraging when tough times come.
Buy a journal or a little notebook and a fun pen. Then take a few minutes every day to write down one or two things you’re thankful for. Since we’re prone to forget things easily, keep your journal with you wherever you go so you can write in it as things pop up.
Write about a special event, positive circumstances, an act of kindness someone showed to you, notes of appreciation you receive, and so on. Just write down whatever you’re grateful for.
Say, “I appreciate you.”
Every time someone does something that goes above and beyond “the call of duty” for you, show your appreciation. Express your gratitude by treating them age appropriately. For example, a business colleague might enjoy a fun lunch meal or a visit to their favorite coffee shop for their favorite yummy drink.
Make it a point to spend time interacting with and listening to others as much as possible. We make time for those who are important to us, those we appreciate.
Treat Others with Thoughtfulness
Do you remember how much you appreciated when someone took time out of their day to do something thoughtful for you? How did it impact you? With that in mind, treat others better than the way you want to be treated. Be thoughtful, courteous, and attentive of others because you know how much it means to you. Respect them with kindness, patience, and a listening ear. And share smiles of gratitude with them, too.
Here are a few examples of the thoughtfulness of others:
- Offer to bring back coffee for someone in the office when you make your daily coffee run
- If you use the last paper towel on the roll, replace it
- When you make yourself something to eat, clean up after yourself
- If someone is running to the door to enter the same building or elevator you are, hold the door for them
Look for the Positive
Call it a silver lining if you want, but negative things happen to us all. And they happen often. Lines get long. Kids get sick. Clients are sometimes difficult to work with. People drive like they own the road or like they are oblivious that anyone else is driving, too. But don’t allow yourself to complain about your challenges. Choose to look for the positives instead. When you complain, you reinforce a negative state of mind. And that yucky state of mind gets reinforced whether you complain loudly for someone else to hear or quietly to yourself, even in your thoughts.
Next time someone gets on your nerves, take a deep breath. Then, look for something positive to be grateful for.
Volunteer in Our Community
Volunteering is a great way to focus on the needs of others and give back to the community, too. You’ve probably heard someone say, “It is better to give than to receive.” And it’s true! Showing kindness and doing things for others does more for you than it does for those on the receiving end.
Take Care of Your Smile Every Day
During this Thanksgiving season, it sounds a little silly for us to encourage you to give thanks for your pearly whites. But we are your dental office after all. We care about your teeth and your oral health. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. And when you take good care of your teeth every day, you’ll share your smiles of gratitude with confidence.
Call Davis Dental PC at (307) 634-3488 to schedule your checkups and take care of your smiles of gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to brush.
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Cheyenne, WY 82001
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