The Power of Gratitude

Grat·i·tude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/

Noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Gratitude is an appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel unnatural at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice. We tend to forget our benefits & to count our blessings daily. We start to think that we are owed from others, that life owes us something and that we deserve things. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Being grateful is also to pay it forward.  Show appreciation by simple acts of kindness such as giving to charity. Giving back doesn’t have to be monetary. Volunteer instead. For many people the key to having more gratitude is to give back to others. It puts more value on it.

Don’t be picky- appreciate everything. Gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for the “big” things in life. The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for. Write Thank You notes. Hand-write them if you can. Put a personal touch on gratitude. Hand writing of any kind is a dying breed. Practice gratefulness. The trick is that you need to picture it in your mind and sit with that feeling of gratitude in your body. Doing this every day will rewire your brain to be naturally more grateful, and you’ll start feeling happier. It is hard to be negative about your situation when you are thinking about things for which you are grateful.

How did you miss the bus of gratitude? Perhaps your life became more of a routine & you simply stopped paying attention. Maybe you’re taking things for granted because it’s actually hard to stop & recognize things we have.  We start to view life through shades. This sounds obvious and simplistic, but it’s a plain truth that expressing more gratitude makes us feel more grateful.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Behind every problem lies an opportunity. Being grateful – even if you don’t like your current situation – allows us to be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new.


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah

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