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Start your year with more gratitude and achieve less stress!

Start your year with more gratitude and achieve less stress!

As 2020 ends and 2021 is about to begin I think it’s fair to say that gratitude has played a big part of our year given the global crisis.

Gratitude is still very often underrated – rather than seeing it as a great attitude that should be added to your daily routine. Gratitude creates a virtual cycle of ever-expanding benefits.

It’s important to see gratitude not only for the positives but the negatives too, the opportunities to learn from our mistakes, failed relationships, business deals and so on.

So many people take good health, a job, a home, good friends, and family for granted, and they appear to be on a continual search for something else. Imagine how you would feel if everyone and everything you had were suddenly taken away from you? What you appreciate, appreciates.


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

Marcel Proust


A great and simple way to do this is start a ‘Gratitude Jar’ today – post a note every day for a year about what you are grateful for. At the end of the year sit down and read them, you might be surprised to see how your year has transpired on an emotional, personal and business level.


Recent scientific and psychological studies about happiness universally confirm that people who are thankful are happier, healthier, less depressed, and less stressed than others. They also have better relationships and make greater progress toward achieving their personal goals.


You might also want to consider doing some of these action-oriented gratitude exercises and see how they make you feel:


Write a thank-you letter to someone in your life, and consider delivering it in person.

Make a gratitude vision board or use to create images of people and things you are grateful for in your life.

Use the simple manners your parents taught you, such as please and thank you, and do it with fresh sincerity.

Smile. A smile is an amazing gift to another person, and it costs you nothing to give. See how you feel when they smile back.

Think about what you might be able to do for a friend to help them. Reach out, and make that offer.

Find satisfaction in the gifts you already possess. (Almost half the world’s people live on a few dollars a day.)

Lastly, before you go to sleep each night, why not give thanks in a journal or at least in your mind and your heart for the truly wonderful things you have in your life today? Always pick at least three things that you are grateful for.


Remember, if you feel gratitude and don’t express it, it is a little like wrapping a present and not giving it. So say the words, and take the actions! We all love to be around grateful people. We feel their positivity, and that helps us feel and act more grateful, too.


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley