Gratitude can be simply broken down to appreciating the good things in your life. It doesn’t always seem simple, though. When things are hectic or stressful, finding the silver lining can be challenging. However, learning how to embrace gratitude can significantly boost your happiness. Being grateful offers a host of other benefits you’re probably not aware of, too.  Let’s take a closer look at the concept, ways it can improve your life and how to practice it.

About Gratitude

There are many definitions of gratitude. Some people believe it’s a feeling or emotion. Others look at it as more of a mood. Still, some folks believe gratitude is a personality trait a person exhibits. These can all be correct. In essence, gratitude elicits satisfaction and appreciation in a person through feelings, actions or even inherent qualities. However, even those of us who may be more inclined to feel grateful on a regular basis through our glass-half-full-optimism likely need to work on evoking such an outlook.

Being grateful can be viewed as a practice or something you perform regularly. Most people practice something because it benefits them. This is true of gratitude. As with other practices, you’ll get better at demonstrating gratitude the more you work at it.

Benefits of Embracing Gratitude

There are several benefits of of being grateful; many of them have been scientifically proven. Once you begin to understand these, chances are good that you’ll see why it’s so important to develop this mindset. Doing so can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health. Research has shown it to improve relaxation, sleep quality and energy levels. Being thankful for your blessings can enhance your emotional wellness. You’ll deal better in crisis situations and find you’re more resilient when you’re able to look on the bright side. This can contribute to better relationships, too. Appreciating the positives in life can simply make you feel happier.

Ways to Practice It

Recognizing your blessings may not come easily at first, but there are some ways to help make it a habit and a regular part of your routine. One of the most convenient and impactful methods for cultivating appreciation is through keeping a journal about what you are grateful for. In this practice, you’ll write down three things each day that you’re grateful for, which makes it easier to notice and recognize those good things. Meditation has also been shown to help. Also, making an effort to thank someone each day, for even the smallest thing, opens your eyes and heart to abundance. Giving back and doing good for others can provide tremendous perspective, as well.

Now you have a better idea of just what making a concerted effort to count your blessings can do for your life. Embracing and expressing gratitude are more important than many of us realize.

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    2 replies to "Gratitude: What A Difference A Little Bit Makes"

    • JJ Ahuna

      Aloha Diana,

      I really like this post as I can relate daily about gratitude because I try to practice it as often as I can, and more.
      I appreciate your insights and it resonates with my own philosophy of life and how I live it daily. I suspect it to be so largely because of my upbringing and thereafter what I choose to practice daily. I choose GRATITUDE! Alohng with gratitude is HUMILITY, and I believe they go hand-in-hand. Just wanted to “chime-in” with my 2 cents about reading this article which I enjoyed and anted to relay that to you.

      JJ Ahuna from Hawaii, and new P2S member since late November 2020!

      • Diana Keeler

        I agree wholeheartedly! It is amazing how your life can change once you become grateful and have humility. Welcome to the P2S family. 🙂

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