Gratitude: A Priceless Habit

card-handmade-thank-1207660-hSometimes it can feel like life is tough. One quality that is really powerful in changing our attitudes from negative to positive, and reframing what happens day-to-day, is gratitude. Gratitude is a practice of appreciation for what life brings us. Research suggests that expressing gratitude can strengthen relationships, improve psychological wellbeing, promote altruism and pay-it-forward style giving, and make you happier.

Cultivating certain practices or habits can promote gratitude. For example:

  1. Contemplate death: this helps us not take life for granted, but enjoy our lives (as someone who volunteers in hospice, I can attest that this really works)
  2. Savor good experiences: this helps anchor positivity in your mind
  3. Avoid entitlement: instead, cultivate a practice of receiving life’s gifts and giving to others in ways that acknowledge how interconnected life is
  4. Appreciate people: not just things, because showing our gratitude can uplift loved ones and strangers too
  5. Be specific: say exactly what you are grateful for
  6. Be grateful when it feels like you can’t: sometimes appreciating hardships can transform them

Expressing gratitude is important to maintain a positive mindset even in times of stress; some ways to express gratitude include writing thank you notes, keeping a gratitude journal, praying, and meditating. The benefits of are myriad and can improve our personal, social, professional, emotional, and physical lives. Gratitude is a priceless habit to build; time to give it a go if you haven’t already!

Image credit: Laura Manning via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution

Marilyn Cornelius
Follow me

Marilyn Cornelius

(r)evolutionary at Alchemus Prime
Marilyn is co-editor of and contributor to Life, Love, V. Her full time work is at Alchemus Prime where she integrates behavioral sciences, design thinking, biomimicry and meditation through a science-based model to develop solutions that address climate change and wellness issues. Marilyn works with a diverse range of professionals in nonprofits, universities, schools, companies, and interdisciplinary conferences to help them build resilient teams, manage change, communicate more effectively, and implement research, programs and projects for sustained positive impact. Learn more about Marilyn.
Marilyn Cornelius
Follow me

Latest posts by Marilyn Cornelius (see all)

Leave a Reply

cialis 100 mg