“In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – David Steindl-Rast
What is gratitude?
Leading expert on gratitude Robert Emmons, Ph.D. describes it in two parts:
- An affirmation that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.
- The recognition that the sources of this goodness are, at least partially, outside ourselves.
How does one begin to experience gratitude?
- Pay closer attention to the things happening around you. This sometimes requires stopping for a few minutes and really taking in what is happening there in that moment. Use your five senses to really make yourself aware to what is going on.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each night, write down the things that you were grateful for that day.
- Share your joy by telling at least one person each day what you appreciate about them.