The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been around for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

Oprah would regularly dedicate shows to the power of gratitude. The theme was to show gratitude, appreciation and love for the people and things around you. She talked about having a ‘gratitude journal’ where everyday you would list all the things for which you are thankful.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is not working and things that may be lacking in our lives. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practising gratitude makes so much sense. When we practise giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful.
  • For those who are artistic you may like to make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • When catching up with family and friends begin the conversation by asking what are they grateful about today. It will begin your discussion on a positive note.
  • When you feel discouraged, try and find the hidden blessing in the challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, think of something you are grateful for. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life.

As you practise gratitude, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work!

As I write this blog I am sitting in a warm room, my dog is sitting by my side (and close to the heater) and I can see small buds appearing on the tree outside of my office window. Just about to make myself a coffee and read and relax for a while – what a great life!

As women over 50, we have much to be grateful for. I would really like to know what is on your gratitude list – just type your comments below and then press send – easy.

Take action now!

Kind regards,

Bev

8 Responses to “Accessing the Power of Gratitude”

  1. Showing thanks and giving to others is one of the greatest gifts we can actually give ourselves.

  2. Thanks Michele as we all like to give and receive gifts.

  3. Kindness and acceptance are in abundance from the folk that I meet, that is what I am grateful for.

  4. Thanks Bette. What you give out you receive back!

  5. Hello! nice post, next time could you please cite your sources? it’s always interesting to know … Thanks, keep it up!

  6. Thanks for the feedback.

  7. Thanks for your insightful article. I like your quote that “Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.” I couldn’t agree more.

    For those interested in learning more from the studies of gratitude, the Greater Good Center at the University of California at Berkeley is a great place to start. Here’s a link to some gratitude articles: http://bit.ly/SaGYAf

  8. Thanks Lisa for your comment. From your articles it is obvious you understand the power of gratitude.

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