“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

~ Melody Beattie

 

Science tells us that an “attitude of gratitude” is a great for our health. Being more grateful more often makes us happier and more optimistic.

Here are five ways gratitude can improves your life opportunities:

Gratitude attracts what we want – When you are consciously aware of your blessings, and are grateful for them, you are focusing more clearly on what you do want in your life – and are attracting more of those things into your life.

Gratitude improves relationships. You and I learnt the importance of saying “thank you” as young people. Be grateful for people, their contributions to your life, their talents, their insights and actions. What will really make this powerful will be you telling these people just how grateful you are of them.

Gratitude reduces negativity. It is hard to be negative about your situation when you are thinking about things for which you are grateful. One of the fastest ways to improve your mood or outlook is to count your blessings.

Gratitude improves problem solving skills. When we think about what we are grateful for we open our minds up to new possibilities and connections. We then look at old problems with a new perspective of improvement and opportunity.

Gratitude helps us learn. It is great to remind ourselves that behind every problem lies an opportunity to learn and grow. Being grateful for our situation – even if we don’t like everything about it – allows us to be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new about ourselves and others.

How do we use this at Thinkers.inq.  We are beginning the process with our learners through explicit conversations about what we are grateful for. This process of articulating things we are grateful for helps our mindfulness grow. As we acknowledge the things we enjoy and begin to look for ways to help others be grateful too we are changed from the inside out. Some of the ways we are exploring gratefulness are:

1. Making a list of things we are grateful for right now.

2. Talk about our list and allowing the feelings of goodness sink in.

3. Find a person to show our appreciation

 

In summary:

Gratitude is an attitude.

Gratitude is a choice.

Gratitude is a habit.

When we consciously practice being grateful for the people, situations and resources around us we begin to attract better relationships and a deeper satisfaction in life.