GrAttitude: The Healing Benefits of Giving Thanks

Gratitude is such a powerful emotion. It brings a smile to our faces and deeply nourishes the soul. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, there is so much to be grateful for – from little conveniences or compliments to profound life changing experiences. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude has many benefits from increasing serotonin, improving sleep and boosting overall health but one of our favorite reasons for practicing gratitude is its ability to bring you into the present moment. It takes you out of the anxiety of the future or the regret of the past into what is tangible – what’s in front of us here and now. Releasing your grip on “should have” or “what if” allows the spirit to relax into “what is” and simply being is a beautiful and peaceful feeling in and of itself.

Here are 5 ways to adopt an attitude of gratitude. Try a few or all of them and see what works for you. All that’s important is finding a way to give thanks that feels good and natural. When reflecting on what you’re grateful for, don’t forget to include yourself. Giving yourself thanks and showing yourself love is an important step to being able to fully thank and love others! We’d love for you to share in the comments below on how a gratitude practice influences your daily life or what practices you enjoy most. Thank you for reading, thank you for participating and thank you for being you!


Crater Lake 2014 by EG

Crater Lake 2014

  • Gratitude journal
    • Take some time at the end of the day to jot down what you’re grateful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small the experience is – anything goes. Whether you had a bonding experience with a friend or you’re just grateful for your bed at the end of a long day, write it down!
  • Focusing on breath
    • Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. Feel your lungs expand and contract. Feel the temperature of your breath and listen to the sound of your breathing. See how much gratitude starts to wash over you as you focus on your life force.
  • Taking a Nature Walk
    • Go for a stroll and see what you notice when you’re outside. Try and use all of your senses as you take in what’s around you. What do you see? Hear? Smell? How does it feel? Find appreciation for the little things that make taking a walk around the neighborhood, in a park or in the open space such a pleasant experience.
  • Write a Thank You Letter
    • Who has had a positive impact on your life? Who has helped you when you needed it the most? Who brings a smile to your face? When is the last time you thanked them for their support, good vibes or friendship? Writing a thank you note to someone for their role in your life is a powerful way to experience gratitude and share it with someone else!
  • Thanking Yourself
    • Look in the mirror. Tell yourself “Thank you.” Tell yourself “You are awesome and I appreciate you.” Really. Do it. Even if it feels silly at first or you don’t believe it, keep saying it. You are a unique human being that is bringing a unique expression to this world and the experience is surely something to be grateful for! Having gratitude first and foremost for your being will allow you to share gratitude for other people and other things in a much stronger way.



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