How Can I Awaken Appreciation? 3 Ways to Find Gratitude for Your Blessings

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How Can I Awaken Appreciation? 3 Ways to Find Gratitude for Your Blessings

Adapted from Monica and Michael Berg’s Spiritually Hungry podcast. Listen and subscribe here.
August 7, 2023
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Even the things we most cherish in our lives can lose their luster over time. We can start to forget or overlook the value of our greatest blessings if we aren’t careful. The key to keeping the love and power of our gifts alive is to awaken appreciation within ourselves. It is our responsibility to continuously develop gratitude for our gifts.

Here are 3 tips to awaken appreciation for your blessings:

1. Focus less on what you lack and more on what you have.

The most important things to us are the ones that are the easiest to take for granted. Blessings like our health, freedom, relationships, and loved ones can feel like they will always be there in our lives. Because we get to experience them every day, we often overlook them and instead focus on the things we want next.

Even people who consider themselves grateful for what they have often still approach life focused on what they don’t have. So many of us move through our lives surrounded by beauty and love but fail to truly see it because we are focused on the areas of lack in our lives. While it’s healthy to have goals and a desire for more in your life, don’t lose sight of the innumerable blessings you already have.

2. Actively make time to recognize your blessings on a consistent basis.

The best way to take care of your blessings is to make time to appreciate them on a consistent basis. Our lives get so busy that we don’t often take the time for appreciation that our gifts deserve, but it’s such an important part of our work!

Take a moment to reflect, make a list, and be positively overwhelmed by the blessings you currently have. Focus on what you appreciate about your gifts. That will help you continue receiving the great Light, joy, and goodness they are meant to bring into your life.

3. When you don’t feel appreciated, try showing more appreciation.

It’s hard to feel appreciative when we don’t feel that we are being appreciated in return or that we are getting enough support from those we love. Usually, our internal narrative is focused on what we are or aren’t receiving from others rather than what we are giving and offering. When we don’t feel appreciated or supported, it’s often because we are the ones that are not showing enough appreciation, rather than the other way around.

Think of your life as a farm that provides fruit and vegetables time and time again. If you keep taking from the farm without ever tending to the garden by replanting, watering, and nurturing it, it will eventually stop providing for you. Nurture your life and the blessings you currently have. Appreciate all the beautiful fruits of your life. Harvest them, enjoy them fully, and then give back by tending and nurturing the things that are most precious to you, especially on the days you find it most difficult to cultivate appreciation. That is the most powerful way to keep your blessings flourishing for you.

Appreciation naturally wanes over time. Even the most beautiful and valuable gifts in our lives begin to lose meaning and importance when we don’t do the work to keep appreciation alive. It makes it harder to access love for the things that are most valuable. Focus on the things that matter most in your life, make time to recognize them on a consistent basis, and cultivate your appreciation for them. This will ensure that you don’t lose sight of the power and beauty of your most important gifts and that they continue to bring you joy and fulfillment.

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