For most of us, the idea of being thankful is reserved for one time a year. This time of year, with Thanksgiving around the corner.
We know that gratitude is a good moral trait that we strive for, but we don’t recognize the power that it has in our daily life. If you want to live a healthier, more productive, and more significant life, you have to develop the skill of gratitude.
A couple ways thankfulness benefits us:
- Physical and emotional health – people who regularly practice gratitude are more satisfied with life, have less stress, and have a more positive outlook on the future.
- Healthy relationships – people who are intentionally thankful tend to complain less, be less envious of others, are less likely to criticize those around them.
How do we increase our gratitude? Practice it. Check out the Game Plan below for a good way to put this lesson into practice.
Take the “gratitude challenge.” It’s simple, and it will take you less than 5 minutes each day. Here it is: commit for one week to write down what you are thankful for each day. Then, review what you wrote down. At the end of the week, I bet you’ll be happier, have more energy, and have a more positive outlook on life. (You may even want to keep up this habit!)