It’s amazing how much your life can change when you start to focus on embracing a life of gratitude, a life of service, and a life of simplicity and appreciation.

Compared to leading a life caught up in the rat race, a life of comparing everything you have to everything someone else hands, and a life of pushing yourself to the boundary and then beyond – burning yourself out every single day – a life of gratitude is a welcome despite that can provide you with a bounty of rewards you’ll never be able to enjoy otherwise.

At the same time, living a life of gratitude is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward as some people make it out to be. In fact, living a life filled with gratitude can be downright difficult.

By arming yourself with these tips and tricks below, however, you’ll be able to improve your odds of being more grateful, boost your mindfulness, and improve your life almost overnight.

Intentionally choose to be grateful even when it is difficult to do so

Gratitude isn’t going to kick down your door and force itself upon you. You have to intentionally choose to be grateful for what you have and what you earn. The great news is that only you have the ability to feel grateful, and you (being in complete control) can quite literally “flip the switch” right now – this very moment – if you choose to intentionally.

Regularly count your blessings

It becomes a lot easier to be intentional with your gratitude when you are regularly confronted with everything good and great about your life. Take time today to count your blessings, to embrace your success, and to remind yourself that you have so much already to be thankful for.

Refuse to focus on what you do not have

Again, this is much easier said than done for most people, but by making a concerted effort to refuse to focus on what you do not have and instead laser focus on what you already have and have already achieved, you’re able to embrace everything has to offer without feeling as though you are shortchanged.

Live a humble life

Humility is the “secret sauce” behind gratitude, and a humble heart is more easily going to find satisfaction in small gifts in the simple things in life. When you live a humble life you are able to attract more gratitude, even when doing so is rather difficult otherwise.