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What A Difference A Bit Of Gratitude Makes

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You may be thinking “Who doesn’t know what gratitude is?”

And I would say, “Probably no one.”

“So, why do a 7 Day Gratitude Challenge?”

Not knowing the answer to that question is the very reason you should do the challenge.

A little bit of gratitude goes a long way.

Gratitude can be simply broken down to appreciating the good things in your life. It doesn’t always seem simple, though. When things are hectic or stressful, finding the silver lining can be…well- challenging. 

However, learning how to embrace gratitude can significantly boost your happiness. Likewise, being grateful offers a host of other benefits you’re probably not aware of, unless you read my blog post 6 Tips to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

But just in case you missed it, let’s take a closer look at the concept, ways it can improve your life, and how to practice it. 

What’s Gratitude?

There are many definitions of gratitude. Some people believe it’s a feeling or emotion. Others look at it as more of a mood. Still, some folks believe gratitude is a personality trait a person exhibits. These can all be correct. 

In essence, gratitude elicits satisfaction and appreciation in a person through feelings, actions or even inherent qualities. However, even those of us who may be more inclined to feel grateful on a regular basis through our glass-half-full-optimism likely need to work on evoking such an outlook. 

Gratitude can be viewed as a practice or something you perform regularly. Most people practice something because it benefits them. This is true of gratitude. As with other practices, you’ll get better at demonstrating gratitude the more you work at it. 

Benefits of Embracing Gratitude

There are many benefits of gratitude. Many of them have been scientifically proven. Once you begin to understand these, chances are good that you’ll see why it’s so important to develop a grateful mindset. 

Gratitude can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health. Research has shown it to improve relaxation, sleep quality, and energy levels.

Being thankful for your blessings can enhance your emotional wellness. You’ll deal better in crisis situations and find you’re more resilient when you’re able to look on the bright side. This can contribute to better relationships, too. Appreciating the positives in life can simply make you feel happier. 

Ways to Practice Gratitude

Recognizing your blessings may not come easily at first, especially if you are in the habit of viewing people and situations negatively. But there are some ways to help make it a habit and a regular part of your routine. 

One of the most convenient and impactful methods for cultivating appreciation is through keeping a gratitude journal. In this practice, you’ll write down three things each day that you’re grateful for, which makes it easier to notice and recognize those good things. 

Meditation has also been shown to help. In your free mini Gratitude Journal/Planner, there are links to one-minute guided meditations you can try.

Also, making an effort to thank someone each day, for even the smallest thing, opens your eyes and heart to abundance. Likewise, giving back and doing good for others can provide tremendous perspective, as well. These two concepts are discussed in detail in the blog post 6 Tips to Develop An Attitude of Gratitude.

So you see, with reading this short, yet informative blog post, you now have a better idea of just what making a concerted effort to count your blessings can do for your life. 

Let’s celebrate the life you have while creating the life you want.

Ode 2 the good life. It’s the only life you should live.

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