“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
Do you make a daily habit of gratitude? Expressing and recognizing what you’re grateful for is something you should be doing more often than just during the Thanksgiving season; the happiest people make gratitude a daily habit and something they practice over and over again. True gratitude isn’t a destination; it’s a journey. Read on for a guide to being grateful: what it is and why it matters.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude is about more than just saying grace before dinner out of habit or saying thank you to your spouse for helping clean up; while those are wonderful things to do, true gratitude is much deeper. As Angeles Arrien shared with Gratefulness.org:
“Of all the universal themes that have been transmitted through perennial wisdom, the expression of gratitude continues to be the glue that consistently holds society and relationships together; its opposite – ingratitude – contributes to societal dissolution and separation…Gratitude’s stabilizing and healing effects, which have been researched from multiple standpoints—cultural, psychological, physical, spiritual, even financial—have made it abundantly clear that the benefits of living a grateful life are irrefutable.”