Stop and think about when someone goes out of their way to thank you or to show appreciation of you. How does that make you feel? It can be a day changer.  Even the smallest of gestures of gratitude can uplift a partner, friend, co-worker or even a stranger. Not to mention it can do wonders for your well being. Still need some convincing? I accept the challenge.


It’s Good For Your Health

I’ll start with the obvious. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! Surprise! But how is it good for your health you ask? Well, according to WebMD. “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations,” University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons tells WebMD. It’s not just that: If you’re dedicating your thoughts to positivity and appreciation for others, it’ll be a whole lot harder to think about the things that irk you about them. Definitely healthier.


Gratitude is Contagious

I don’t know about you but I do not like whiners, complainers or otherwise unpleasant-to-be-around people. There are too many smart, talented and pleasing-to-be-around individuals in this world for me to want to surround myself around people who are not.

When you’re grateful you tend to exude and share that contagious positive energy. If you do this, you have a better chance of attracting those who do the same. This positivity and appreciation is what this world needs the most!


Gratitude Can Change Your Mindset

For something to change in your life, one of two things has to happen: your life changes, or you do. So, do you sit back and wait for things to change? If you are not mentally attuned with your problems, you can miss out on all the opportunities for solutions that are knocking on your door every day, simply because you don’t even hear them or see them. Open your eyes to a gratitude practice and all of a sudden things start to fall into place for you. Be proactive in your life!

How do you practice gratitude? To help you on your gratitude journey, here are 8 ways to have more gratitude in your daily life.

  1. Don’t be picky: appreciate everything. …
  2. Find gratitude in your challenges. …
  3. Practice mindfulness. …
  4. Keep a gratitude journal. …
  5. Volunteer. …
  6. Express yourself. …
  7. Spend time with loved ones. …
  8. Improve your happiness in other areas of your life.


Gratitude Creates Solutions

This sorta piggy backs from the last one but worth looking deeper into. When you adopt the practice of gratitude, you are closer to a solution than if you continue to be negative and passive. It removes you from complaining mode and into a best-outcomes mindset.

Start by keeping a mental checklist of your triggers. We all have certain things that extremely annoy us and sends us off into complaining or annoyance. What are your complaint triggers during the day? Just observe them for a few days and write them down as they happen. At the end of the week, take 15 minutes to reflect on the triggers and brainstorm solutions.


Gratitude Might Make You Realize How Good You’ve Got It

Let’s face it, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.It’s far too easy think other people have it easier. Taking a step back with your newfound practice of gratitude, you should start to see that even during our darker times, there is always something to be grateful for. The sooner we learn to see this, the sooner we can start to live a happier life.


Gratitude Improves Relationships

Gratitude improves romantic relationships, friendships and relationships with coworkers.

At work, by giving compliments, being mentally present in conversations or bringing in treats from home, you help open up the gates of communication so that people will feel more comfortable approaching you with new thoughts or issues.

With friends, sending a text after a lunch date or saying that you’re thinking about them may just make their day. It can also help strengthen your connection if you have been busy or live far away.

Don’t forget to say thank you to your partner, coworker or friend today!


Need help with this important life change? Talk to a trained Family Advocate at Family Strengthening Network. The Family Strengthening Network empowers families to achieve their dreams and be successful in all areas of life. Through free, personal and confidential sessions with a trained Family Advocate, families develop a clear plan to accomplish their goals and receive all the tools, resources and opportunities necessary to complete their plan.