Gratitude change everything

Gratitude Changes Everything

Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us and we will again be reminded that it is time to give thanks for many things. It seems that being thankful has become seasonal. But, in reality, gratitude for all the wonderful things that it does for us (and for others) is something that warrants being practiced and cultivated so that it becomes a daily activity. Although for most of us it will be something that we need to work on consistently to make it a habit, it is well worth the effort. And, the wonderful thing about it is that the more that you do it and reap the benefits, the more you will want to do it. Studies have been done on gratitude and it has been found that it is associated with greater joy, optimism and happiness, improving health, savoring good experiences, experiencing fewer symptoms from stress, better ability to deal with adversity, creating stronger and closer relationships and much more.

So here are some ideas of how you can begin to enjoy the benefits of gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Write down 5 things each day that you are grateful for.
  • Take a gratitude walk. Take 20 minutes to walk in your favorite place taking in everything around you while you think of  things you can be grateful for.
  • Keep a gratitude jar. Write something you are grateful for on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. On New Year’s Eve review them all.
  • Write a gratitude letter to someone who had an impact on you whom you’ve never properly thanked.

Do you have a gratitude practice? I would love to hear what you do and learn new ways to add more gratitude to my life. Please share your comments below.

If you would like to read more on gratitude read: 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life