Cultivating gratitude: Why it’s important to be thankful for the little things in life


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey

There is growing evidence to support the idea that practicing gratitude can increase happiness and have numerous other benefits for our lives. Most of us know we should be more appreciative of the things we have, but we often take much of it for granted. Or we focus on the many things we don’t have, and find it hard to be thankful.

But gratitude is not about circumstance, or what we have or don’t have. It’s a choice. If you look at any thankful person, you’ll find someone who deliberately seeks out things to be thankful for.

Why is it so important to be thankful?

Thankfulness opens the door to more abundance. People who are thankful for all the things they have that are unearned or undeserved are more likely to unhesitatingly welcome more of such abundance. However, people who believe that they’ve worked for whatever they have are more likely to shut themselves off to undeserved gifts, because they do not believe such gifts could be for them, since they have not earned it.

Thankfulness paves the way for success. A common trait in successful people is gratitude for the opportunities they were given and the people who helped them along the way. Practicing gratitude puts you in a more positive frame of mind, which is a necessity in order to stay motivated and driven to reach your goals.

Thankfulness is good for health. Studies report that grateful people are more likely to exercise, sleep well, and have overall better health. Says Jeffrey Froh, Psychology Professor: “There’s even some research done – when you have a sense of appreciation your heart rhythms are more coherent and smooth.”

Undoubtedly, gratitude is a little shift in attitude that can have tremendous impacts on our lives.

In the next post, we’ll look at some simple ways to cultivate more gratitude in our lives, so keep reading!


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