Give yourself a gratitude reboot

The practice of expressing gratitude is one that my wife introduced me to after we first met, and it’s worth revisiting if you are finding yourself frustrated or out-of-sorts with your life.

Several studies have shown that expressing gratitude helps people feel more optimistic about their lives.  Likewise, those who expressed gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive towards that person but were also more comfortable discussing concerns about their relationship.

So, what if you feel like you have little to be grateful for?  Here are some ideas to give yourself a gratitude reboot.

  • Image if you died suddenly, but were given one last extra day here on Earth.  How would you feel about your family, your friends, your situation?  What would you be grateful for knowing it was your last day?
  • There are at least 1 billion people on this earth living in abject poverty, political oppression, and without the most basic of freedoms that most of you reading this take for granted.  I would argue that those 1 billion people would consider themselves very fortunate to live your life, even just for one day.
  • According to the latest UN research, more than 250 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflict.  Imagine if that was your living situation, where the basic safety and security of your children was not assured, and how does that compare to where you live?

Finally, say thank you.  That simple phrase has the power to transform your life and that of those around you.

A Harvard Business School study showed an astounding 50 per cent increase in the amount of help being offered by employees as a result of appreciation being shown by their managers.

So, thank you for reading this.  I hope it made a difference.