What is gratitude?
Gratitude is a feeling or a state of mind. You experience gratitude when you are aware of all the good in your life. You appreciate the people you meet, the things you have, the events you experience. You feel thankful for what you have. And you can be thankful for anything: a summer vacation, the love of your family or a delicious ice cream!
Why is gratitude important?
Research showed that gratitude can have a good impact on us. Different studies confirmed that:
- Grateful people are more optimistic and more satisfied with their lives
- Grateful people are more confident
- Gratitude improves physical and psychological health
How can you become grateful?
You can learn how to be grateful the same way you learn how to do anything - through practice. Here are some techniques you can use:
When you have a break, or when you are getting ready in the morning, take a minute and think about this. Just ask yourself "What am I grateful for right now?". Try to think about several reasons why you can be grateful. The more you can find, the more grateful you will feel!
Keep a gratitude journal
Choose a notebook you want to use as a gratitude journal. Each night, before going to bed, reflect on your day. Think about what made you happy, excited or proud. Write down what you are thankful for. Feel free to add little things (for example, you can feel grateful for food you enjoyed at lunch or the warm weather).
Start a gratitude jar
Take an empty jar or any container you like. Your goal will be to fill that jar with notes about the great things that happen to you. You can add a note every day or just when you feel like it. When you need a little encouragement, you can read the notes to remind yourself that you have a great life!
A few months ago I realized how much happiness gratitude can bring into my life. And I wanted to help other people experience this too. So I created a gratitude challenge for you!
You can sign up for this challenge for free below. It lasts for 30 days. After you sign up, you will receive a daily email that will encourage you and help you to be more thankful.
Take the challenge and see how your grateful attitude can make your life better!
"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you."
- Sarah Ban Breathnack