As one of the greatest of all emotions, gratitude can be cultivated easily and studies are starting to show that gratitude improves well-being. Your heart will open when you are aware and grateful for what you do actually have instead of what you don’t. When you are aware, grateful and open hearted you are more mindful.
Being grateful for what you have involves positive emotions. Unsurprisingly experiencing more positive emotions through showing more gratitude will improve your general wellbeing and overall positivity.
GRATITUDE IS THE
WINE OF THE SOUL,
GO ON. GET DRUNK.
Recent studies are also showing that you do not need to express your gratitude to anyone, you just have to feel grateful. Feeling and being grateful for all the things and people you have in your life and what they bring will tend to shift your focus away from negative thoughts and feelings towards more positive ones.
Once you start being more grateful and start noticing the benefits it becomes like a snowball effect as you quickly find your are more grateful for anything and everything in your life. Being more grateful and the positive effects it has will also help increase your compassion and kindness.
If you share your gratitude with the person you are grateful to then the benefit is two fold. You feel the positive effects of being grateful and who doesn’t like being told that someone else is grateful for what they’ve done. A great way to do this is using a gratitude letter. An example is available later in the book.
What are you waiting for, show your gratitude to everyone!