17 Zen Tips for Practicing Gratitude All Day Long

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If you’ve never experienced a state of overwhelming gratitude, a state where you felt like your heart was going to implode from so much joy, where you felt tiny and huge at the same time, where every cell in your body was buzzing with fulfillment and freedom, then let me say that you are missing out on one of life’s greatest drugs.

To get to that state, however, you need to practice.

A lot.

I often meet people who say that they practice gratitude.

When I probe a little deeper I typically find out that it’s not true. They don’t practice it regularly. They don’t practice it the way that a violinist practices the fiddle.

Gratitude needs to be practiced every single day. And not just for a few minutes. I recommend that you try to practice it for at least 3 hours a day.

If this surprises you, if you’ve never thought about practicing gratitude daily for hours — I understand.

I was the same way once. Even today, I can’t say that I practice daily for 3 hours every single day.

But I try.

How can we get in so much practice? The key is that you can (and should) practice gratitude anywhere. Any time. All the time.

Start right now. Here are some ideas for injecting more gratitude practice into your life:

17 Tips for Practicing Gratitude All Day

  1. Feel grateful before putting that first bite of food in your mouth. Food is amazing. Savor it.
  2. Feel grateful before taking that first sip of coffee or tea. Look at it, smell it, enjoy it.
  3. Feel grateful as you feel the water getting hotter in the shower. Hot water on demand? Wow!
  4. Feel grateful for running water. It’s magical. You just turn the tap, and the water comes in. Unlike a billion people, you don’t have to walk a mile to the nearest water source. Aren’t you grateful for that?
  5. Feel grateful for your vehicle. In Costa Rica, where I lead an annual qigong retreat, I meet people who will never own a car. If they have a scooter or a motorcycle, they are rich. Many of us own several cars per family. Isn’t that amazing?
  6. Feel grateful for your spouse or significant other. Relationships are sometimes hard, but they’re also rewarding. Be grateful that this person is basically devoting his or her life to you.
  7. Feel grateful for friends. You know the kind I’m talking about — those friends who would offer to help you move without hesitation. They’re awesome, and they are rare.
  8. Feel grateful for your parents. Living or dead, good or evil, they brought you into this world. Feel grateful for everything they did for you, or in some cases, for all the tough lessons that they forced you to learn. Whatever you have become is partially due to them.
  9. Feel grateful for your smartphone. It’s a tiny magic device that fits in your pocket and can connect you to anyone in the world from anywhere. It’s also something that you use all day, which is a great way to remind yourself to be grateful.
  10. Feel grateful for your computer. Mine recently died, and I suddenly realized how important a tool it is. I’m grateful to have a new one.
  11. Feel grateful for your ability to read. Do you realize that there are people around you all the time who can’t read? More than you might think.
  12. Feel grateful for your TV. Sure, it may be an idiot box, but it’s still an amazing device that can let you experience all kinds of different things. Feel grateful whenever you turn it on.
  13. Feel grateful for the health that you have (even if you want more of it).
  14. Feel grateful for the teachers and mentors in your life. They have helped to mold you into what you are. And whether you realize it or not, you have made some of them proud.
  15. Feel grateful for your home, whether you rent or own. As you put the key into the door, or click the garage door opener (another amazing device!), take a moment to feel grateful.
  16. Feel grateful for your pets. It’s an amazing privilege to be able to take care of non-human beings. Every time you touch them, feel grateful.
  17. Feel grateful for your mindfulness practice, whether it’s qigong, tai chi, yoga, sitting meditation, or something else. Invest gratitude back into these arts, because they will pay big dividends. (If you don’t know any qigong, then you an start right now on this page here.)  [/ordered_list]

If you follow my Facebook page, you’ve seen me leading what I call “Gratitude Mondays”. Basically, I encourage people to share whatever they are grateful for. I recommend that you join us.

If you don’t like Facebook, then you can also join us here. Who or what are you grateful for? Tell us in the comments below.  

Mindfully yours,
Sifu Anthony

I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world to use qigong for their own stubborn health issues. I teach online courses, and also lead in-person retreats and workshops.

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14 Responses to 17 Zen Tips for Practicing Gratitude All Day Long

  1. Cindy November 24, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    I am grateful to have discovered Flowing Zen and you, the creator of this website. I am thankful for all the information and videos you share. Because of you, I am able to expand my knowledge of qigong and share it with my sstudents to keep them well informed and hold their interest in qigong.

    Thank you Sifu Anthony for being someone who is so giving.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your wife.

    Cindy

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 24, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      You are so sweet, Cindy. Thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  2. Vimala November 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    Right now, I am grateful for the breath I am taking. Happy thanksgiving Sifu. God bless you.
    Vimala

  3. MARIA GUADALUPE CARDOSO SANTANA November 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    GRACIAS POR LOS TIPS DE GRATITUD,.SIEMPRE LA PRACTICO POR TODO Y POR TANTO DE LO QUE RECIBO DEL UNIVERSO,SIN EMBARGO NO LO HAGO TAN DETALLADO COMO TU SUGIERES EN EL TIEMPO REAL MIENTRAS HAGO CIERTAS ACTIVIDADES. Y SOBRE TODO CON LA VIVA EMOCIÓN DE ESTAR RECIBIENDO. .
    LO INCORPORARE A MI RUTINA ,GRACIAS
    APROVECHO HOY DIA DE GRACIAS PARA DARTE MI GRATITUD POR SER A TRAVÉS DE LA RED UNO DE MIS MAESTROS DE VIDA
    GRACIAS POR LA MUY BUENA INFORMACIÓN QUE DE TI RECIBO

  4. Ray Morneau November 24, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Sifu Anthony and All Flowing Zen Friends!!! I am grateful for this connection!! …and all this bounty in my life!!!

  5. Chris Papadopoulos November 25, 2016 at 3:31 am #

    Happy Mindful Thanksgiving to you Sifu Anthony I am grateful that I have the humility to be grateful for all the positive and negative experiences that make up my life

  6. Stan Cohen November 25, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    I am grateful that I have too many things to be grateful for to list. May we all carry our grateful spirit forever every day.!

  7. Suyog Shrestha November 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    thank you for inspiring so many people. i am happy to see many happy and following your teachings and am happy that one day I too will also enjoy the Qigong state! it is just a matter of time!

  8. Vera November 25, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Oh, so grateful for your open heart! For teaching me to smile , for your thoughts you share and your teachings. Since I embarked on this journey I gained more friends than I ever had, the world seems a better place, people are nicer. There are good people all around and they allow me to share with them my learning and experience. I am full of gratitude for all this and more to come..
    Sweet thanksgiving to you and all!

  9. Eric November 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    I am so grateful for YOU, Sifu Anthony. You have transformed my life and I am so grateful that I can wake up every day and practise these wonderful Arts.

    Reading a single blog post, a year ago, was all it took to captivate my interest. At first, because of arrogance, I had convinced myself that I knew enough there was to know through reading – and so I began tinkering around and practising MY way. The best decision I ever made was to accept humility, and LEARN – and I am so grateful that I did.

    I really do look up to you and I especially look forward to meeting you in person in the future.
    I am so grateful to be experiencing the benefits that I have within only a year – and to think I have not even began “scratching the surface”!

    Your dedication, discipline, character and way of transmission is inspiring and I hope that, through my own journey, I can become the wonderful person that you already are.

  10. Dion Short November 26, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    i am grateful for being able to enjoy the simple things in life–a simple walk in the park, a looking at the waves moving to and fro in the lake, and also for being able to enjoy Nature ‘s artistry, for example, to be able to pierce into the night sky and see its shining down across the water–a most beautiful scene indeed!

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