Gratitude is the fundamental reason behind happiness, it’s not the happy people that are thankful, it is the thankful people that are happy.
We are that confident that this is the case we are going to set you a challenge to start right now, so keep reading!
“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy”
You might be wondering what is gratitude!?
Well, let me tell you….
Gratitude can be defined as a feeling of appreciation or thanks, noticing simple pleasures and acknowledging everything that you receive.
With thanksgiving coming up, the world will be taking time to acknowledge what were all grateful for, our question is … Why just do this over one day?
Here are some reasons why it is important to practise gratitude:
- Presents a heightened sense of self-worth. It is a great way to become aware of what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t, this shifts your focus to a more positive approach. Practising gratitude is also a great way of turning everything that you have, or who you are, into enough. When you feel enough and realize other people see value in you, you can change the way you view yourself.
- You are 25% more likely to be more creative, bounce back quicker from adversity, have a stronger immune system, have stronger social relationships (Emmons, 2007)
- Helps us celebrate the present, magnifying positivity and noticing them more. Research shows that positive and negative emotions wear off pretty quickly, however gratitude helps us appreciate things more meaning the emotion lasts longer.
Research has shown that overall quality of life is improved through practising gratitude, so why not give it a go?
In fact, we are that confident in this theory that we are going to set you a 30 day gratitude challenge (you can research this more but we have done all the work for you), all you have to do is:
1. Each day write down something that you are grateful for, make sure that you FEEL it deeply, it should be something that makes you ponder (something that makes your heart swell up). Make sure you are very specific with this, for example, it is obvious that you are grateful for your children, but why do you feel grateful?
2. Click the button below, follow the instructions and we will email you a printable document to use daily with instructions,
Once you finish this task you will find that you begin to appreciate the simple pleasures and things that you may have previously taken for granted. Gratitude should not be used as a reaction when you get what you want but utilised all of the time, look for the good in even the most unpleasant negative situations.
Starting from today don’t wait for a positive experience to happen for you to feel grateful, demonstrate gratitude in all of your experiences, even the not so positive ones.