A good number of research studies in the area of mood, emotions, and positive psychology consistently show that GRATITUDE is strongly linked to GREATER HAPPINESS.
Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, recall to mind good experiences, improve their health, deal better with challenges and build strong, long lasting relationships. Isn’t that something great? Many of us strive for most or all of these benefits.
If you want to tap into some of these amazing benefits that can come from feeling gratitude, read on!
We’re sharing 7 things you can do now to become more grateful.
- Promise yourself that you will practice gratitude. Research shows that making a promise to yourself to perform a behaviour increases the likelihood that you will do that action. So, take the time to write your own gratitude vow. For example, "I promise to count my blessings each day." Post your promise to yourself somewhere so that you can see it and be reminded of it every day.
- Start a Gratitude Journal. Make it a daily practice to call to mind, moments of gratitude associated with ordinary things that have happened throughout the day, your own personal qualities, or people in your life. This exercise will very soon become a habit and help you to develop a grateful mindset.
- Say Thank You. Make a point of expressing your thanks to your family and friends. You can even do this in the form of a written note. This will help you to build strong, lasting relationships with those you love and value.
- Fake it until you Make It. Even if you don’t feel grateful, just go through the motions. Smile, say thank you, and write notes showing your appreciation. Pretty soon, these activities will become a part of you and help you to become more grateful.
- Replace complaints with expressions of gratitude. If you find yourself complaining or focusing on all the stuff going wrong - replace those thoughts right away, with thoughts of what you are thankful for. It doesn’t have to be big things either.
- Help others. Get involved in a cause that is bigger than you. Is there a cause that is close to your heart? Homelessness? Reach out to a homeless shelter or an organization that helps the homeless. Even small efforts can make a big impact and help you to feel a deeper appreciation for what you have.
- Gratitude quotes. Try and find a quote each month and perhaps print it and put it somewhere that you can see it often throughout the month.