Can practicing an attitude of gratitude actually contribute to a happier state of mind?
The answer appears to be a resounding “yes”! Science is providing the evidence that a practice of gratitude can shape our consciousness towards greater happiness. Perhaps growing up you were told to, “Count your blessings”. New studies show that this simple act can improve one’s quality of life.
One suggestion for making gratitude work to increase a positive mental state of being is to keep a simple gratitude list or journal. Every evening before going to sleep write down three things you are grateful for. Easy enough! The challenge is that you should try not to repeat things on your list. Each evening, come up with three new items to add. Perhaps you might include simple things like getting a smile from a child or finding the perfect parking space. You will also have life’s larger gifts for which to be grateful. Why not give it a try?!
You could also choose to write a letter to someone in your life for whom you are very grateful. Watch the video here of some people who did just that. Their efforts to express appreciation had a positive impact on both the person who was appreciated and on the person who was grateful.