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When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears
As I am an advocate of using strengths in order to be more
energised, motivated and productive, I have undertaken to work on one of my
strengths every month. The strengths
assessment tool that I use, Strengths Profile, identifies strengths that you
haven’t used for a while.
This month, I decided to “exercise” one of my underutilised
strength muscles and, according to my assessment, the top one is Gratitude. So, in August I have been bringing a little
gratitude in to my world. This is how I
What is gratitude?
Gratitude is a spontaneous feeling but, increasingly,
research shows us that it is also valuable as a deliberate practice i.e.,
making a conscious effort to count your blessings. Studies show that people can deliberately
cultivate gratitude and that there are important social and personal benefits
to doing so. The emotion generates a
climate of positivity that both reaches inward and extends outward.
The personal benefits of gratitude
There is a plethora of research on the benefits of
gratitude. A 2018 white paper entitled
“The Science of Gratitude” outlines several benefits to “practising gratitude”:
Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
How to practise gratitude
Well, hopefully you’re convinced that practising gratitude
is a good thing. For me, in August, I
kept it simple and kept a gratitude journal. I noted down three things (nearly) every day for which I was
grateful. I tried to be quite specific
about these things, so rather than say “I am grateful for my dog”, I might say
“I am grateful for the beautiful, relaxing walk along the beach that I enjoyed
with my faithful companion”.
There are other exercises that we can try as well as
I notice that all of these activities seem very simple to
do. It would appear that gratitude is
something that’s easy to do and has a great impact on our own wellbeing as well
as on the wellbeing of those around us.
What difference does it make?
I have certainly finished this month feeling positive and
upbeat. It has been a very busy month
for me from a work perspective (marketing and launching my first online
programme) and I have felt energetic and positive. It has been rewarding to take some moments
each day to reflect on the “wins” as well as the quieter, more peaceful things
for which I’m grateful.
I hope that those around me have also benefitted from the
“grateful vibes” I’ve been giving off. I
will certainly keep up the practice and venture into some of the exercises
mentioned above to share the love of gratitude a bit further.
If you decide to try any gratitude practices, please do
share your experiences with me!
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