Many people who achieve high levels of success in their lives and businesses talk about the remarkable impact being grateful has made. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson and Tim Ferris opening talk about the importance of practising gratitude daily.
Psychologist Robert Emmons has studied gratitude for his entire career and in his book “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude can make you Happier” he demonstrates how integral it is to our happiness and well-being.
Numerous studies have shown gratitude to improve mental health and physical health. People who practice gratitude are more likely to behave in prosocial ways, overall displaying less aggression. It’s no wonder that those of us who include a regular gratitude practice in our routines experience more fulfilling relationships and greater levels of happiness than those who don’t.
Here are 6 ways you can include more Gratitude in your life
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Most of us know that Journaling can help with working through negative experiences and emotions. Have you heard that it is even more effective when you search for the positive to add to your journal? Or you may want to keep a special book or notepad handy for listing what you have to be thankful for. Whenever you’re having trouble thinking of something you can look back through past entries for inspiration.
Make Gratitude part of your Personal Success Routine (or morning ritual)
Having a routine that prepares you to be in top form for your day is absolutely essential. One of the most effective parts of this routine can be your gratitude practice. This could be as simple as spending 5 minutes writing 3 things you’re grateful for in your journal.
If gratitude is something that you’d like to promote in your workplace, encourage all team members to schedule a time of day when they spend 5-10 minutes listing 1/3/5 things they are thankful for. The key is to make it part of your daily program.
When someone does something that you really appreciate, let them know. Thank you is more than just good manners, it’s good for the soul. Find reasons to send thank you notes, it may seem old school but there’s something beautiful about the written word.
Around the dinner table
This is a great way to encourage your children to adopt an ‘attitude of gratitude’ early in their lives. Your family may want to go around the table and mention what they are grateful for in their day. This option promotes group support of the practice which can increase consistency and longevity.
Mindfulness and gratitude compliment each other. When you are present to what surrounds you and you are living in the moment, it is more likely you will notice things to be grateful for. It may simply be seeing beauty in a flower. Or a soft cooling summer breeze. The more aware you are, the more you will find to be grateful for.
Studies have shown that practising Gratitude in your life, will lead to better health and increase happiness overall. By committing to a regular Gratitude Practice, you ensure that you, your family and your business can enjoy these benefits long term. It can be as simple as listing 3 things you are grateful for each evening before bed. Try some the above to see what fits for you and let us know what follows!