Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation. It’s a mindful acknowledgment of all that we have been given. When we focus on the abundance in our lives, we discover a greater capacity for generosity, cheerfulness, and contentment.
Why develop an attitude of gratitude?
Expressing gratitude is a rewarding habit that affirms the grace of the giver. Gratitude opens our hearts, encourages us to savor each gift that comes our way, and magically frees us from jealously guarding our possessions. It lets us celebrate today rather than waiting for the next level of accomplishment or wealth. It’s a reminder that one can always find the reason to be glad.
Benefits of gratitude
Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life.
- Makes us happier
- Enhances empathy and reduces aggression
- Strengthens our emotions
- Develops our personality
- Makes us more optimistic
- Reduces materialism
- Increases spiritualism
- Makes us less self-centered
- Increases self-esteem
- Improves physical and mental health
- Keeps us away from the doctor
- Lets us live longer
- Improves sleep
- Increase your energy levels
- Makes us more likely to exercise
- Makes us feel good
- Makes our memories happier
- Reduces feelings of envy
- Helps us relax
- Opens the door to more relationships
- Makes us friendlier
- Helps marriage
- Makes you look good
- Deepens friendships
- Gives us an opportunity for community service
- Makes us a more effective manager
- Helps us network
- Increases our goal achievement
- Improves our decision making
- Increases productivity
We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Rather than a complaint about the things you think you deserve, take a few moments to focus on all that you have. Developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.