The benefits of practicing gratefulness are widespread. People who take the time each day to list 5 things they are grateful for sleep better, are more positive, have stronger immune systems, and see their relationships strengthened. Being grateful even in tough times helps one to see the bigger picture, and makes it more difficult to complain during those times.
I challenge you to try it for one week. At the beginning of your day, write down 5 things you are grateful for. It can be gratefulness for a sunset, or for having a good friend. Maybe that day you are particularly grateful for your health or for having found a great new book. No matter how big or small the item is, take the time to notice how you feel after writing your list, and then go through your day looking for the next five things to add to it. At the end of the week, you will feel happier and excited to continue your gratitude journal from here on out.
For a real look at how gratitude increases our happiness, check out this awesome video on gratefulness. If this video does not motivate you to try practicing gratefulness….well… that is impossible! Enjoy!