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What is self gratitude and how do we exercise this form of gratitude?

Self gratitude is the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful for who you are as an individual. It is a practice of affirming all of the amazing things about yourself.

This can include things like your strengths, your spiritual gifts, your inner and outer beauty, your personality traits, your way of thinking, and more.

Why is self gratitude important?

For many of us, it is so easy to give appreciation and gratitude to others. It is often easy to see all of the great things in other people and praise them, but we don’t give ourselves that same respect.

We pour so much into other people but often end up as empty vessels because no one is pouring back into us. We want others to clap for us, cheer for us, and appreciate us; but I’m telling you now that you should never have to rely on another person to offer you gratitude. 

It is time for you to start celebrating yourself and embracing how fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) you are. It is time for you to build yourself up, instead of allowing yourself to feel disappointed because your friends and family are not giving you the words you desire. 

Self gratitude is important because it is you recognizing and embracing your greatness. It is seeing yourself through God’s lens and not your own. When you practice self-gratitude, you are honoring the uniqueness within you, and showing yourself love.

When God created us, He created us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). God created everything by using His words. Since we are created to be like Him, there is power in our tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and we can use it to either give things life or death.

Speaking positive words over yourself gives you life. That is why it is so important that we practice self gratitude daily. When we use the phrase “I am”, the words must be followed by positive words to give ourselves life. Essentially, you become what you speak.

How do we exercise self gratitude?

We exercise self gratitude by being intentional about the words we speak about ourselves and recognizing all of our qualities. Regardless of how we feel about a certain trait of ourselves, we always speak with a positive intention. 

Right now I want you to make a list of every trait you can think of about yourself. Think about your strengths, your gifts, your personality traits, your natural skills, and anything else you can think of. You should also include your physical traits, but I urge you to only speak positively about your appearance. 

There is no room for negative self talk. If there is something about your physical appearance that you do not appreciate yet, I want you to turn that negative thought into a positive remark.

You may not believe it and you may not agree with it right now, but the more you speak positively about something the more your mind will start to believe it.

Once you have completed your list I want you to turn everything into a sentence that starts with the words  “I LOVE.”

a sheet of paper with 3 "I love" statements that can be used as an exercise for self gratitude

(Example: “I love that I am a creative person.” “I love the color of my natural hair.”

“I love how my mind processes information.” 

After you have completed all of the sentences, I want you to start reading them out loud. Read one sentence at a time, and read it slowly. Listen to each word as you speak it.

Let the words start to flow out of your mouth and envelope every part of your body. Let the words start filling your heart and your mind. 

Do not allow yourself to filter your positive phrases and do not change anything to something negative. The continuous practice of positive self gratitude will help you to change the way you think about yourself, and help you embrace the amazing woman that you are. 

be-you-tiful is a statement for self gratitude

Why should you keep a journal?

Another way to exercise self gratitude is by keeping a daily journal. This will help you to create a daily habit of renewing your mind each day to what God has said about you. It will force you to interrupt any negative thought pattern and help you to create a more positive inner dialogue. 

There are a wide variety of self gratitude journals available, but use whatever works best for you. If you are a pen lover like me, then get yourself a set of fun pens that will make it more enjoyable to write.

Set aside 5-10 minutes a day and show up for yourself. The morning is the best time of the day because it will help you start your day right.

You can use the “I Love”  prompts from earlier, or create your own prompts. Remember that this is your journal and that you should do whatever method works best for you. Let it be as unique as you are. 

You are WORTH IT and only you can change the way you see yourself. As you continue to show gratitude towards yourself, you will start seeing yourself the way God sees you.

How is self gratitude reshaping your life?


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  1. I love how this post gives us permission to be grateful for ourselves. So often, we get the message that we shouldn’t “think too highly of ourselves.” (Like, okay, message received. Thanks, society.) It can go from a healthy level of not putting ourselves above others to a really unhealthy level of thinking very little of ourselves really fast. Valuing ourselves, our gifts, and the things that make us who we are is so important.

  2. Great post!
    Self-gratitude is something I always seem to lack in my life. This might be a good time to finally get started.
    So, here goes everything – ‘I love the color of my new water glass. It’s so green and soothing to my eyes.’
    Thank you for these amazing reminders!

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