Gratitude is a surprisingly powerful force. But what does it mean to be grateful? Gratitude is often defined as the expression of a deep appreciation for something or someone that is given freely without expecting anything in return.
Showing appreciation and gratitude for the things and people in our lives can help us adapt to change, cope with difficulties, regulate our emotions and improve our mental and physical well-being. Here are some benefits and tips to help you practice gratitude and lead a grateful life.
Benefits of practicing gratitude
Research studies have shown that gratitude can have a number of positive benefits for our lives. In fact, gratitude can…
Ways to practice gratitude
Like most good habits, expressing gratitude can take some practice. Here are a few different ways you can incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. Try them all or choose the one that feels like the best fit for you.
Keep in mind that it’s okay to start small and build up your practice. You don’t need to dedicate a large amount of time to enjoy the benefits of expressing gratitude.
Avoiding gratitude guilt
While gratitude has a number of benefits, it can also bring a sense of guilt if we don’t feel we are being grateful enough. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when creating a gratitude practice.