Practicing Grateful. A guide to being grateful

Practicing Gratitude: The 101 of Gratitude

In Gratitude by Kate J Parker

WITH 24 BENEFITS OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Do you envy those people who sail through life, always happy and content?

These people have a naturally grateful disposition. They unconsciously practice gratitude by appreciating what they have and what they experience. By doing this, they attract more awesomeness into their life.

Being grateful is the foundation for abundance and contentment and will transform your life. The good news is that the benefits of gratitude aren’t exclusively reserved for naturally grateful people.

It is a skill. if you consistently practice gratitude you will improve your happiness baseline and feel more content.

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What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is an expression of appreciation and the quality of being thankful.

It can be described as a personality trait, a mood, and an emotion. When practicing gratitude, we are training ourselves to easily feel the emotion of gratitude so we can see the good in life, rather than focussing on the negative.

It is all about changing our perception from a ‘glass half empty’ to a ‘glass half full’.

Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

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Many studies have revealed the scientific benefits of gratitude. Here are 24 of the top benefits:

1. You feel happier
2. You will be friendlier and attract people to you
3. You will live longer
4. You will boost your career
5. You will experience healthier emotions
6. Your memories will seem happier
7. You will be more optimistic
8. You won’t be as materialistic
9. You will feel more spiritual
10. You will be less self-centred
11. Your self-esteem will increase
12. You will sleep better

13. You will feel healthier. Gratitude strengthens physiological functioning
14. You will have increased energy levels
15. You are more likely to exercise
16. You will bounce back quicker from challenges
17. You won’t feel as envious of other people’s successes
18. You will feel more relaxed
19. It will strengthen your relationships, including your marriage
20. You will be a more effective leader at work
21. You will grow your professional network
22. You will be more likely to achieve your goals
23. You will have improved decision making skills
24. You will have an increase in productivity

5 Best Ways To Practice Gratitude


1. Keep a gratitude journal and write in it daily. Read this article to get you started.

2. Participate in the Gratitude Challenge. Sign up here!

3. Take notice of the small blessings each day and acknowledge them verbally. This can be as simple as saying ‘thanks’ for a service received or commenting on a beautiful breeze.

4. Do one random act of kindness each day.

5. Be aware of the words you speak and the thought you think. Stop negativity seeping in.

Great Gratitude Resources

Books to improve your appreciation of life:

Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks

Gratitude Diaries by Janies Kaplan

Gorgeous gratitude journals that inspire:

The One Minute Gratitude Journal

Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude and Joy

Apps that cultivate gratefulness:

Attitude of Gratitude Journal (this is free!)

Personal Journal – Free Diary and gratitude journal

I challenge you to practice gratitude for four weeks and then let me know how your life has transformed! Email me with your results kate@VivaLaMe.com

RELATED ARTICLE: 8 Steps To Self Love

Sources

Emmons RA, et al. “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Feb. 2003): Vol. 84, No. 2, pp. 377–89.

Grant AM, et al. “A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way: Explaining Why Gratitude Expressions Motivate Prosocial Behavior,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (June 2010): Vol. 98, No. 6, pp. 946–55.

Lambert NM, et al. “Expressing Gratitude to a Partner Leads to More Relationship Maintenance Behavior,” Emotion (Feb. 2011): Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 52–60.

Sansone RA, et al. “Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation,” Psychiatry (Nov. 2010): Vol. 7, No. 11, pp. 18–22.

Seligman MEP, et al. “Empirical Validation of Interventions,” American Psychologist (July–Aug. 2005): Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 410–21.

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