Gratitude is the key to living a happy and fulfilled life. It is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves and to others, gratitude is free, and it won’t drain your bank account.
Look For The Good:
Complaining feels good because it provides us with an outlet to express our anger, but when it becomes a habit, it creates negative mindset. Simply by reframing a negative situation as an opportunity to learn something new, it can change the way that you experience the world.
Communicate Your Gratitude:
Research indicates that people who express gratitude on a daily basis are generally happier and have an overall more positive sense of wellbeing. Expressing gratitude is one of the most powerful communication tools at your disposal. Because we are so consumed with our routines, it is easy to take people for granted. Take a moment and think about the people who have shaped and changed your life for the better. Let them know how much you appreciate them.
Celebrate the Small Things:
So many people are too busy focusing on achieving and becoming successful, instead of putting things into perspective and realising just how lucky they are. Those who only celebrate the big things and the “highs” of life, tend to lose sight of the small things that can bring the most joy. Taking the time each day to reflect on all of the small moments that stood out for you is a ritual that will bring immense joy and fulfillment to your life.
Surround Yourself with Positive People:
Energy is contagious. If you’re consistently surrounding yourself with people that are negative or have a bad outlook on life, you will begin to feel the same way. Surround yourself with positive people, who not only help to propel you forward, but that also give you valuable information and feedback in order to help you reach your goals. The more grateful that you are, the happier you will be, and the more positive things that you will attract into your life.
Gratitude shifts your mindset:
For something to change in your life, one of two things has to happen: your life changes, or you do. Waiting for life to change is a pretty passive solution. When you’re stuck in a problem mentality you miss out on all the opportunities for solutions that are knocking on your door every day, simply because you don’t even hear them or see them. Open your eyes to a gratitude practice and all of a sudden things start to fall into place for you and for your business. Being an entrepreneur means being proactive, not passive, so switch your mindset and see life change.
Gratitude creates solutions:
Adopting a gratitude practice takes you out of problem and toward a solution. It removes you from complaining mode and into a best-outcomes mindset. That’s a skill you need in your life and in your business decision-making. Whole companies and industries have been created from seeing solutions where others only saw obstacles. This can be part of your integrated gratitude practice because if you can see the opportunity in the challenges you face, you will probably be onto to solving a pain-point for many other people as well. Gratitude has a ripple effect that could just echo through your startup.
Gratitude is contagious:
I don’t like whiners, complainers or otherwise unpleasant-to-be-around people. There are too many smart, talented and pleasing-to-be-around individuals in this world for me to want to work with or hire the ones that aren’t. When you’re grateful you tend to exude and share that contagious positive energy. People like me like that and we tend to be drawn to you. Our energy is contagious and we do good things together and are better for having come together. That’s pretty much the only contagious thing happening in the world right now that you can get excited about.