Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation. It’s a mindful acknowledgment of all that we have been given. When we emphasize the abundance in our lives, we learn a better capacity for generosity, cheerfulness, and satisfaction.
Why develop an attitude of gratitude?
Expressing gratitude is a satisfying habit that confirms the grace of the giver. Gratitude opens our hearts, inspires us to savor each gift that comes our way, and mysteriously frees us from jealously protecting our possessions.
It lets us rejoice today rather than waiting for the next level of achievement or wealth. It’s a reminder that one can always find the reason to be truly happy.
Benefits of gratitude
Whether you write a few sentences in a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to acknowledge all that you already possess, 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 capability and opportunity to nurture gratitude. Rather than a grievance about the things you think you deserve, take a few moments to focus on all that you already possess.
Developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the humblest ways to improve your overall satisfaction with life.