Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted (food, water, friends, family, etc.). It is an expression of appreciation for what one has. When it comes to the pursuit of happiness and life satisfaction in retirement, it offers a long-lasting effect. In fact, studies have shown that maintaining a foundation of gratitude is one of the key ingredients to a long, healthy and fulfilling life.
The Benefits of Gratitude (not a complete list):
How to Practice Gratitude Daily
From relieving stress to accepting change, it has the power to turn what we have into enough. But, only you can decide to be grateful. It cannot be requested, demanded, or coerced, it can only be given.
- Three things routine, each day take time to think of three good things that you’re grateful for.
- Keep a journal, each day write down up to five things for which you feel grateful.
- Share your it with others.
- Be mindful of the things that bring you joy.
- Give back whenever you can.
- Say thank you every day.
- Send thank you letters.