The Power of Gratitude

hands with white mittens holding red heart and snow backgroundGratitude is the quality of being thankful, ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

The power of gratitude is really quite extraordinary. We usually show our gratitude to others when we feel indebted toward them, when we have benefited from their action and when we want to make our feelings towards them known. Gratitude is paramount to our overall well-being. When we experience true gratitude, we find appreciation in the abundance of our lives.

Author Brene Brown says

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”


One simple way to practice gratitude is by writing in a journal. According to research, journaling gratitude helps us focus on what really matters, lowers stress levels, and helps us learn more about ourselves. We become more self-aware. Try writing down three good things at the end of each day and notice how you feel after a few days. Other ways to show gratitude could include:

  • expressing gratitude in person
  • showing respect for those around you
  • being positive
  • volunteering in your community

Taking a few simple steps to show gratitude can benefit us in many ways:

  • making us healthier and happier
  • helping us to feel good
  • relaxing us and deepening our friendships
  • strengthening our emotions and growing our personality
  • increasing our goal achievement and productivity
  • making us more optimistic and increasing our energy levels
  • increasing our mental strength, self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence
  • providing positive feelings such as, meaning and purpose, joy, comfort, pleasure and the willingness to forgive

Practicing gratitude regularly can also help you sleep longer and better, leading to improved mental and physical health. So what are you waiting for? … Become more intentional in practicing gratitude and notice how it impacts life-satisfaction and happiness towards a healthier tomorrow!