Starting a Gratitude Practice

February 5th, 2020

Photo of a person holding a sign that says give thanks

By Cassie Zehenny

Practicing gratitude daily is invaluable. All it takes is a notebook (or even a random piece of paper!) and  a pen to start reaping the benefits. The key is to think about specific things in your present life that you are grateful for. In a world where it is easy to only see the negative, doing this challenges us to think about the positive aspects of our lives and therefore can result in a completely different mindset. Gratitude reduces negative feelings including stress, depression, and envy. It can help improve self-esteem and increase mental strength and ability to overcome difficult situations. And when shared with those you are grateful for, gratitude can help strengthen relationships, create new ones, and even improve the happiness of those around you. And finally, gratitude can also impact your physical health. People who practice gratitude have been found to report feeling overall healthier and are more likely to take care of their health.