Develop an attitude of gratitude

by | Aug 5, 2016 | Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

Develop an attitude of gratitude

Research shows that those who keep a simple gratitude journal felt happier, more optimistic and even slept better at night. Cultivating a life-long ‘attitude of gratitude’ has been linked to increased wealth, better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behaviour toward others, including romantic partners. A recent study also showed that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked. So, it’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Why then do so few people actually live with a permanent attitude of gratitude? Perhaps because we might not know what an attitude of gratitude actually is or – if we do – we have not made it a habit yet. Let’s take Key Steps this week to make sure that we can

Really live in a state of gratitude

  1. Keep a gratitude list or journal. Yes, it is important to write everything you are grateful for down. I often encourage you to write things down because there is overwhelming evidence to support the power writing has in making your thoughts clear and concrete. Writing your gratitude list will reinforce the abundance you have and help you to create the ‘gift’ you are going to give in the next step…
  2. Express your gratitude. Renowned psychologist Dr Martin Seligman guarantees that if you do the following:
    (a) Write a 300-word letter to someone who changed your life for the better
    (b) Hand-deliver it to the recipient
    (c) Read it aloud to him or her

    You will be happier and less depressed one month from now. Amazing, isn’t it!? And just imagine the profound impact you’ll have on the recipient’s state of being. Having an attitude of gratitude isn’t just about noting down what you are grateful for, it is about expressing it too. Feeling gratitude but not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it. An unexpected SMS or hand-written note in a lunch box goes a long way and remember to also pick-up the phone and say it, or better yet, if you can, express your gratitude in person. Start right now, express you gratitude every day! Do it for your own benefit and to really appreciate those who touch your life every day. And to increase your well-being and happiness you can also join us to Effectively Manage Time & Stress on 10 & 11 August 2016. Email Tiffany now for more information about our public and in-house programmes and…

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NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’