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Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Updated: Mar 29

Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When you’re appreciating something, your ego moves out of the way. You can’t have your attention on ego and gratitude at the same time.

Gratitude can make you more patient and better able to make sensible decisions, compared to those who didn’t feel very gracious on a day-to-day basis. 

Gratitude improves self-care.  Giving thanks helps people appreciate and care for their bodies. 

Gratitude can help you sleep, likely because you have more positive thoughts before you go to sleep, which may soothe the nervous system.  

Gratitude may stop you from overeating by boosting your impulse control, helping you slow down and make better decisions. 

Gratitude can help ease depression. A valuable technique can be the ‘three good things’ exercise, which, as the name suggests, prompts people to think of three good moments or things that happened that day. 

Gratitude gives you happiness that lasts and leads to much more sustainable forms of happiness, because it’s not based in that immediate gratification; it’s a frame of mind. 

Gratitude makes you appreciate the value of something, and when you appreciate the value of something, you extract more benefits from it; you’re less likely to take it for granted. 

Studies found if you are grateful, you are less resentful towards someone who has something you don’t have. 

Gratitude helps you recover more quickly from stress, adversity and trauma by helping you interpret negative events. It has been found to give you a perspective to help guard against post-traumatic stress and lasting anxiety. 

People who are grateful tend to be more helpful and empathic, more spiritual and religious, more forgiving, and less materialistic than others who are less predisposed to gratefulness. 

Gratitude increases your sense of self-worth. 

Gratitude can improve relationships. Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and 

more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage. 

People who practice gratitude consistently report benefits such as stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure; higher levels of positive emotions; more joy, optimism, and happiness; act with more generosity and compassion; and feel less lonely and isolated. 

Gratitude reduces feelings of envy, makes our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and helps us bounce back from stress. 

There are exercises and practices to help you discover your beautiful, grateful self!

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