There’s no better way to set the tone for your day then by waking up and greeting the day “Thank you, God, for this awesome and amazing day you have gifted me.” This is how I start my day everyday. I speak these words out loud and my day begins from there. I call this the ‘gratitude attitude’, and it truly puts me in the right headspace for the day ahead.
Gratitude has been found to be one of the strongest positive emotions and is often linked to happiness. Most of us are confused when it comes to gratitude. We think we need to achieve certain goals or get to a certain place in our lives before we take a breath and express appreciation for all that we have. In fact, happiness isn’t what brings you gratitude, gratitude is what brings you happiness.
Some people find it helpful to make gratitude part of their family dinner, going around the table with each person sharing something good that happened to them that day and why they are thankful. Teaching the next generation that there is good in each day is an important lesson to pass along and can be a building block for happiness. This time also gives couples and families space to connect and share.
Gratitude has physical, psychological, and social benefits. The practice of gratitude has been shown to improve your immune system, regulate blood pressure, reduce aches and pains, and help with sleep. Gratitude can help achieve higher levels of joy and allows those who practice it to feel less lonely and more optimistic.