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How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude in Life

Updated on February 16, 2020
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Nitin is a certified life coach, executive coach, writer, husband, and father. His passion is to help people become the best they can be.

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Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus (pleasing, thankful), is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.

Wikipedia

Gratitude is the attitude of being thankful and appreciative for everything.

There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person

Joyce Meyer

Benefits of gratitude

There are many benefits of gratitude.

  • Grateful people enjoy better physical health.
  • They have good mental health.
  • They are generally happy people.
  • Their company is preferred because of their positive approach.
  • They do well in life.

Now that we have seen some major benefits of the attitude of gratitude, let us know how to practically develop this attitude.

Here are 10 ways to develop an attitude of gratitude in your life.

1. Count your blessings

To develop an attitude of gratitude, one of the first things you will have to learn is to count your blessings.

One famous song goes as follows:

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God has done,

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

It is helpful to know how much you have been blessed.

2. Look at what you have, not what you don’t have

One of the reasons why people find it difficult to develop an attitude of gratitude is because they always look at what they don't have.

They don't consider the fact that they already have so many things to be thankful for.

If you take a look at what you have, it will bring a sense of gratefulness in your life.

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3. Look at people who don’t have as much as you do

One person was very critical of everything in life but he had one experience that changed his perspective totally.

As usual, he was complaining that he did not have new shoes.

He was whining for a long time about it.

Then he saw a man who had no legs and suddenly he was thankful that at least he had his legs.

whenever you feel like complaining, look at the less fortunate ones.

4. Realize that gratitude is not based on your possessions

People need to know that your happiness or gratitude is not based on how much material goods you possess.

There are people who have all the things in the world but are still thankless.

Then again there are poor people who are so thankful always.

Gratitude is a quality of the heart.

It has to be developed by practicing it practically.

5. Learn to say “Thank you” often

One of the easiest way to develop the habit of gratefulness is to say " Thank you" as often as you can.

It is not a matter of developing good manners, though that is commendable.

Saying thank you often will make your heart more thankful and grateful.

Thank the loved ones in your life - family, friends, colleagues, and others.

Even thank strangers at times. You have nothing to lose.

On the contrary, you will gain more friends.

6. Guard your heart against greediness

It may surprise you but at the root of ungratefulness is greediness.

The lust to acquire things by hook or by crook breeds ungratefulness.

The attitude of many people today is " Get all that you can, and can all that you get"

If you have some measure of greed in you, get rid of it and you will start being grateful.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul

Henry Ward Beecher

7. Celebrate the gift of life

The celebration of life results in increased gratefulness and thankfulness.

Celebrate the beauty of nature- the majestic mountains, the beautiful trees, flowers, animals, forests, oceans and everything in nature.

Be thankful for the gift of life and gratefulness will start pouring out of you constantly.

Enjoy the life that you have been gifted.

Make the best out of it.

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”

William Arthur Ward

8. Maintain a gratitude journal

It is a good habit to have a journal where you note down all the things that you are grateful for every day.

The documentation of all the things you are thankful for will inculcate an attitude of gratitude in you naturally.

Over time, you won't have to drum up thankfulness, it will flow naturally like water from your innermost being.

9. Avoid gossip at all costs

Gossiping will harm you as well as the person about whom you are gossipping.

It reduces the value and worth of a person.

An attitude of gratitude should foster appreciation about others and not demean them in any way, fashion or form.

Instead of gossip, learn to appreciate everyone you meet and interact with.

10. Volunteer to help the helpless-homeless, aged or differently-abled people

Finally, nothing will develop the attitude of gratitude as quickly as reaching out to the underprivileged and less fortunate ones.

Volunteer to feed the hungry and homeless.

Give your services to the poor and differently-abled people.

Get involved with some non-profit organizations.

Giving to society has a wonderful effect on your life.

It results in more gratefulness.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nitin Khaire

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    • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

      Nitin Khaire 

      12 days ago from Mumbai

      Gratitude is indeed a wonderful habit.

      I am happy to keep writing motivational stuff. Thanks for your consistent and encouraging feedback.

      Please keep writing your gratefulness journal. It will surprise you how much we have to be thankful for.

      And yes, do listen to the simple little song too.

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      Niks 

      12 days ago from India

      Practicing gratitude is indeed a great habit. Thanks a lot for coming up with yet another motivational article. I will listen to "Count your blessings" songs. Your article has made me write about the things that I am thankful for in life.

    • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

      Nitin Khaire 

      13 days ago from Mumbai

      Thank you so much for your kind words Sir.

      What a coincidence that you were thinking on the same lines.

      I am so happy to know that you will be helping out some people.

      Wishing you all the best in your endeavors sir.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful and essential area of my life. You did it justice here. In contemplation just a few days ago I realized that I am grateful for being grateful.

      I have not been helping others enough, well today and not tomorrow we will work on that.

      Thank you.

    • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

      Nitin Khaire 

      13 days ago from Mumbai

      Yes, Mr. Krishna, Great people are always humble.

      I am happy that my article was helpful to you.

      As you do unto others, so shall it be done unto you. That is the uncanny law of the universe.

      I will keep on writing such motivational articles to provide more value to my readers.

    • hmkrishna profile image

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      13 days ago from South India

      We can see many great people were humble. Your gestures reward you in life. Really a great article, Mr Nitin. Thank you.

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