Improve Your Gratitude with 30 Index Cards

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There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that points to the fact that happiness is tied to gratitude.

In many cases, gratitude can be as effective as an antidepressant.

According to Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if gratitude could change our outside world as well?

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about gratitude:

  • Gratitudethankfulnessgratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.
  • Gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid. The emotions lead to different actions; indebtedness can motivate the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them, whereas gratitude can motivate the recipient to seek out their benefactor and to improve their relationship with them.
  • Gratitude may also serve to reinforce future prosocial behavior in benefactors. For example, one experiment found that customers of a jewelry store who were called and thanked showed a subsequent 70% increase in purchases. In comparison, customers who were thanked and told about a sale showed only a 30% increase in purchases, and customers who were not called at all did not show an increase. In another study, regular patrons of a restaurant gave bigger tips when servers wrote “Thank you” on their checks.

One of the things that sticks out in all of the information available online is that grateful people seem to enjoy higher levels of control over their environment. Most people feel more capable when they are grateful and life just seems to work out better and flow more smoothly for them.

It seems as though whatever gratitude touches, it improves positively.  Things just get better and better when our lives are drenched in gratitude.

Let’s take a moment to think about how we might use gratitude to make specific improvements in our lives.  Could our relationships and even money situations benefit from gratitude?

Absolutely!  Let’s take a look at one way to accomplish this:

First, we have to decide what area of our lives we want to improve the most.  This could be anything from improving finances, having better relationships, driving more traffic to your blog – whatever.  You can be general or as specific as you want in your responses.

Take 30 index cards and something to write with and put them by your bed.

Every day – when you wake up or before you go to bed – spend 10 minutes writing down 5 things that you are grateful for that correspond with your improvement goal.  For example, if you’re focusing on your relationship, you would make all 5 things focused on relationship-centered topics.

When people have performed this simple routine, the results have been dramatic.  It unlocked a sense of power that improved their lives and expanded their world in a profound way.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, pick an area in your life that you want to improve the most.  Stick with it for a month and the influence of your own gratitude will astound you!

Join us next week as we continue our November Series: The Power of Gratitude!

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