In saying that, I think it is only fitting to share with you something I received not too long ago which is the Science of Gratitude (Buffini Company)
Did you know a grateful disposition reduces the desire for wealth and material things, the risk of burnout and symptoms of depression, which in turn makes you happier? Well, I am here to tell you, studies have shown that to be true. If you would like to share your gratitude with others, here are three small acts you can do that have big impacts to help you practice gratitude every day.
1. HANDWRITTEN NOTES
- Pick up a pen and a pack of blank cards
- Send at least one note a week
- Keep it positive, including at least one reason why you're grateful for that particular connection.
Studies show people who write notes are more satisfied with life and show fewer symptoms of depression.
2. SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
- Buy coffee for a coworker or doughnuts for the office
- Be a genuine listener - look for opportunities to fill a need
- Get lunch with a friend who is new to the area
Studies show more kindness means more happiness! When participants in one study performed acts of kindness for friends, family members and colleagues for seven days, they all reported higher levels of happiness and well-being.
3. DAILY GRATITUDE CHECK-INS
- Write three things you're grateful for on a sticky note, and glance at it regularly
- Take a daily walk, and reflect on what you're grateful for
- Keep a gratitude journal, updating at the beginning or end of your day
Studies show counting our blessings increases well-being. Writing down what you're grateful for each week creates more life satisfaction and optimism for the week ahead.