Let’s examine how to cultivate happiness with a heart of gratitude. There is a clear and distinct connection between these two emotions.
Zig Zigler believes, “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.” There is no doubt that the power of gratitude is immense. In fact, experts in the field of psychology believe a grateful heart is a major component of cultivating happiness in your life.
“Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world.”Robin Sharma
Gratitude causes our mindset to shift to positivity and worth. It leads us on the path to happiness.
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Let’s Cultivate Happiness with a Heart of Gratitude
In Positive Psychology, a heart of gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Here are several examples:
- Gratitude helps you build stronger relationships, with yourself and others.
- It helps you tap into positive feelings that guide you toward happiness.
- You learn to savor positive experiences.
- Gratitude helps you improve your mental and physical health.
- It helps you manage stress and adversity.
“I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.”Will Arnett
While living with a heart of gratitude, we also tap into other powerful emotions such as optimism, empathy, and self-confidence. All of these positive emotions help move you toward a life of happiness.
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Why is Gratitude So Powerful?
When you practice gratitude on a regular basis, it helps you focus more on the good in your life. Since you perceive more good in your life, you learn to believe that your future has more potential for a positive, happy outcome.
By practicing gratitude, you learn to appreciate the little things that make your life better and ignore that things may be missing from your life.
“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”Germany Kent
Gratitude gives you something you can control: YOUR THOUGHTS. All you need is to change the way you think about something. A mindset shift that uplifts your thoughts and mood rather than focuses on negativity.
A number of studies have even suggested that gratitude helps you improve your sleep habits and productivity. It fosters hope for the future and improves emotional regulation.
As you can see, a heart of gratitude has powerful connections to positive behaviors and mindsets that improve your happiness!
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What Are Some Other Benefits of Gratitude?
People who have a heart of gratitude demonstrate many similar character traits and behaviors because they have a genuine sense of respect toward self and others. Thus, they show many of the following behaviors:
- eat healthier
- develop stronger immune systems
- enjoy work and perform well at their job
- have increased self-worth and self-esteem
- improved emotional self care practices
- experience more energy
- enjoy a high satisfaction with LIFE
- have deeper, more authentic friendships
- exercise regularly
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”Marcus Tullius Cicero
Do you have a heart of gratitude? Are you consistently demonstrating these behaviors that reflect a respect for yourself and others? What are you grateful for at this moment?
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How to Demonstrate an Attitude of Gratitude
Keep a Gratitude Journal to write about what you are grateful for each day.
Don’t just talk about what you’re grateful for on Thanksgiving. Talk about gratitude all year long. It will reinforce your attitude of gratitude.
Meditate about what you are grateful for. Focus on the spirit of thankfulness and blessings regularly.
Express your gratitude to someone who has made a difference in your life by writing a letter or creating a piece of art.
Seek out people who demonstrate enthusiasm and gratitude for life. You will automatically have something positive in common.
“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”Rumi
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Final Thoughts: A Thankful Heart
Research indicates one of the best ways to be happy in life is to have a grateful heart. Look for the blessings in your life and focus on those rather than the problems. Having gratitude can change your life immensely.
I invite you to save all of the A Heart of Gratitude quotes in this article and put them in special places as reminders to focus on the good things in your life rather than the not-so-good things.
I also invite you to read Why is Life Beautiful? 29 Reasons to Believe! You will find 29 simple reasons to be happy each day you wake up!
Love to ALL! ~ Susan