Gratitude as a way of life

Gratitude as a way of life

Being grateful is an attitude and it ranges from saying 'thank you' when receiving a a deeper sense of thankfulness for life, looking at life through gratitude glasses - considering everything good or bad in life as a potential gift.

Gratitude is the -

  • affirmation of good things in our life existing alongside problems, challenges, & issues. Plus,
  • acknowledgement or recognition of the sources of this goodness...where does that goodness come from.

Journaling about everything good happening to us is just the beginning... the first step towards making gratitude a way of life.

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Robert Emmons: The Power of Gratitude


Benefits of gratitude

Gratitude has been shown to heal us of past hurts, energize us with hope, & change our life with inspiration for the future.

The powerful positive triad of looking at 

  • the world, 
  • at other people, and 
  • at themselves 

with an attitude of gratitude brings more positive outcomes for grateful people than ungrateful (less grateful) people.

Studies have shown that when it comes to success in life, grateful people tend to be happier, more satisfied, more pro-social... but also more generous, compassionate, forgiving, & helpful.

Gratitude & life satisfaction

Less grateful people -

  • don't get life satisfaction because they can't focus on what life is offering.
  • They focus more on resentment...what they are losing out on (scarcity mindset), and life feels like a burden to them.

Grateful people do get the feeling of injustice, of being deprived...but on the whole they focus more on the good.

It's easier to find less grateful people than ungrateful people because reciprocity... reciprocating with a good deed for something good received... is the general norm, & being called 'ungrateful' is felt as an insult.

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Count your blessings

Spend 5 to 10 minutes at the end of each day writing in detail about three things that went well that day, large or small, and also describing why you think they happened.

This simple practice is effective because it not only helps you remember and appreciate good things that happened in the past; it can also teach you to notice and savor positive events as they happen.

Many seem to think that purpose comes from your unique gifts and sets you apart from other people. That is only partly true.

Meaningful goals that foster a sense of purpose are ones that can potentially change the lives of other people. It is why a crisis of meaning is often a symptom of isolation.


Practicing gratitude is good for our mental and physical health.

Several scientific studies show that there is a deep neural connection between gratitude and giving. When we're grateful, our brains become more charitable.

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