grat·i·tude – ɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ – noun – The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Let me ask you a few questions. Would you like more joy in your life? Increased productivity? Better relationships? What if I told you that just one thing can help you in all these areas? An Attitude Of Gratitude is that one thing!
What the heck Wade? Gratitude?
I thought this was a real estate or business blog and not a self-help blog? I have spent time with so many incredibly successful people and they all have this one simple, yet powerful trait and that is Gratitude. Here is my list of the benefits to creating a habit and attitude of gratitude.
1. Gratitude makes us happier. A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent.
2. Gratitude makes people like us. Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage.
3. Gratitude makes us healthier. There is even reason to believe gratitude can extend your lifespan by a few months or even years.
4. Gratitude boosts our career. Gratitude helps you achieve your career goals, as well as making your workplace a more friendly and enjoyable place to be.
5. Gratitude strengthens our emotions. Gratitude reduces feelings of envy, makes our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and helps us bounce back from stress.
6. Gratitude develops our personality.
7. Gratitude makes us more optimistic. Gratitude is strongly correlated with optimism. Optimism in turn makes us happier and improves our health.
8. Gratitude reduces materialism. Materialism is strongly correlated with reduced well-being and increased rates of mental disorder.
9. Gratitude makes us less self-centered. I’ll be totally honest, I’m self-centered at times. I’m a lot better now that I’ve brought gratitude into my life, but I still spend way too much time thinking about myself and my ego and not enough time thinking about others.
10. Gratitude increases self-esteem. Imagine a world where no one helps you. Despite you asking and pleading, no one helps you. Now imagine a world where many people help you all of the time for no other reason than that they like you.
11. Gratitude helps us bounce back. Those that have more gratitude have a more pro-active coping style, are more likely to have and seek out social support in times of need. In other words they are more resilient.
12. Gratitude makes us feel good. Surprise, surprise: gratitude actually feels good. Yet only 20% of Americans rate gratitude as a positive and constructive emotion (compared to 50% of Europeans).
13. Gratitude helps us relax. Gratitude and positive emotion in general are among the strongest relaxants known to man.
14. Gratitude makes you friendlier. Multiple studies have shown gratitude induces pro-social behavior.
15. Gratitude increases your goal achievement. In one study, participants were asked to write down those goals which they wished to accomplish over the next two months. Those who were instructed to keep a gratitude journal reported more progress on achieving their goals at the end of the study.
I trust some of these benefits of gratitude resonate with you and you see the value of implementing gratitude into your daily routine. I am so grateful for all those that have supported AgentsBoost since its inception and I can’t thank you all enough for the support of our tens of thousands readers, following us in more than a hundred different countries and the hundreds of coaching clients I get to work with.
Strength and courage,
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