An Attitude of Gratitude
If you are looking to be your most happy self, take on an attitude of gratitude! Being thankful for what you have can help boost your self-esteem, enhance your empathy towards others and lead you to have more fulfilling relationships.
Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
There are many ways to practice gratitude each day:
- Pick three people each day to express gratitude to
- Write down how a situation that was troubling and difficult in your life has improved
- Keep a favorite quote about gratitude in a prominent place you see daily
- Utilize the meditation technique known as Naikan, which involves reflecting on three questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have I caused?”
- Keep a gratitude journal to write in each day
- Have your family each express one thing they are grateful for at the dinner table every evening
Being mindful to express gratitude can lead to a more positive outlook and increase your overall happiness. Try this attitude of gratitude for one week and see what a difference it can make!