Benefits of Gratitude

A popular proverb has been floating around the internet for a while, being attributed to people like Emerson, to Gandhi, to Lao Tzu, and many more. There are a few iterations, but this is my favorite:Plant a thought and reap a word;
plant a word and reap an action;
plant an action and reap a habit;
plant a habit and reap a character;
plant a character and reap a destiny.
Although the source remains a mystery, the concept behind the saying is clear – our moment-to-moment attitudes all add up, and constitute the very nature of our being. Awareness of our thoughts at any given moment is the first step towards harnessing the real power behind our words, our actions, and ultimately the statement we are making as individuals in our lives.And cultivating feelings of gratitude for what life has to offer is the best way one can send a positive message out to those around you. We often overlook the fact that we are constantly interacting with others: with coworkers, the barista making our coffee, the person working at the checkout lane at the grocery store.

These interactions seem inconsequential, but they are only this way because we choose to make them so. If we can remember to treat each moment, each chance meeting as a special thing, we can use them as opportunities to spread positivity and joy to others. You can offer something as simple as eye contact and a smile, and it can inadvertently make someone else’s day.

Do you need another reason harness the power of gratitude? A meta analysis in 2013 of peer reviewed studies demonstrated that positive psychological intervention can boost your mood and your overall sense of well-being, and reduce depressive symptoms – put simply, being grateful is good for you!

So do yourself a favor and sow the seeds of gratitude. You’ll be thankful you did.