3 Ways Practicing Gratitude Can Transform Your Life

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can make your life better in so many ways. It really is very difficult to feel sad or angry when you’re feeling thankful.

What is Gratefulness?

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more. – Br. David Steindl-Rast

 

Here are the top 3 Ways Practicing Gratitude Can Transform Your LifeGratitude PIN IT!
1-Makes You Happier 

Practicing gratitude gives us a positive outlook on life. By focusing on what we’re grateful for we’re better able to see the potential in everything, to be open to new possibilities and to feel more optimistic about life. With more optimism, we feel better about ourselves and are more open to living a fuller life.

2-Improves Your Relationships

Living in a more positive state of mind makes us more attractive to others. Like a natural magnet when we’re in a positive state of being we attract people to us because we are more desirable to be around. Living gratefully also helps us better connect with others; this in turn makes us more open and receptive which leads to better, richer relationships.

3-Makes You Healthier 

 As a positive domino effect, when we feel happier and feel more connected to people, our health improves. Scientific studies have shown some of the greatest benefits to living more gratefully include: improved sleep, increased energy levels, better brain function and stronger immune systems.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Just like going to the gym and following a work out regiment, our spirit benefits from energetic workout routines. Practicing gratitude is one of the ways to energetically help you move forward.

Here are a list of some great ideas on how to actively practice gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal -each day record 5 things you are grateful for
  • Try challenging yourself to perform an act of kindness daily
  • Smile -when out, make a point of offering smiles to strangers
  • Make a conscious decision to acknowledge someone’s efforts daily
  • Watch inspiring video to remind you of all the good in the world
  • Do your best to avoid negative and low energy media
  • Look for beauty in the world

 

Watch as Brother David Steindl-Rast explain how to practice gratitude.  :

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