Gratitude

Tap into the power of being appreciative.

Overview

(2 minutes)

Studies have shown that practicing gratitude for just 5 minutes per day can increase your long term well-being by more than 10 percent.

That’s the same impact as doubling your income.

How many other activities can claim to be that quick, that easy, and that profound?

Understanding and utilizing the power of gratitude will have an enormously positive effect on your life.

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.”

~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

Benefits

(3 minutes)

The simple act of practicing gratitude on a regular basis will change your life immediately.

Being grateful for what you have is one of the most positive and essential lessons you can ever learn.

Gratitude can improve your health, relationships, emotions, personality, career and more.

Here are some benefits of practicing gratitude:

1. Gratitude reminds us of the positive things in our lives.

Practicing gratitude puts a light on what we should be blessed to have, yet often take for granted.

Examples of these blessings are our loved ones, our hobbies and passions, and our health.

It’s beneficial to appreciate these things because you never know when they’ll be gone.

2. Being grateful will make you a better person.

Having gratitude for your life and for those around you will make you a kinder, more social, and more positive being.

The act of expressing gratitude creates a positive energy that envelops you.

It makes you the kind of person that other people want to be around, thus improving and strengthening your relationships.

3. Gratitude results in optimism.

Gratitude is directly related to optimism, which will make you a happier person.

Being an optimist will improve many facets of your life, such as your health, energy and overall well-being.

Studies have shown that happiness and optimism can increase a person’s lifespan by years.

Today's Assignment

Express Your Gratitude
(5 minutes)

1. Select two friends or family members whom you are grateful for.

2. Write an email to each person, describing in detail why you’re grateful for them.

You can keep the emails brief (3 to 4 sentences), although it's great to mention specific events.

Here are a few examples from our community:

I am grateful for having you in my life because…

  • You listen and don't judge, no matter the circumstances.
  • You like me for my true self and have always been there for me. I'll never forget that time when…
  • You are a kind and giving soul, as evidenced by…

Why This?

You will be amazed by the results of this exercise. Chances are most of your recipients have never received a message of appreciation like this one.

Expressing your gratitude to someone not only strengthens your relationship with them, but it also allows you to see how lucky you are to have this person in your life.

Human connection is one of the most positive aspects of a healthy and happy life.

The relationships you create and keep are a reflection of your kindness and ability to love.

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