1. What is it?
Gratitude is based on the latin word gratus, which means thankful or pleasing. A feeling of gratitude usually comes to you when you are pleased by someone else's actions/ behavior and the results of such.
Generally speaking there are three types of gratitude:
- an overall tendency to have an affective trait (a grateful disposition)
- a mood (daily fluctuations)
- an emotion (a temporary feeling after receiving a gift or favor)
2. The power/benefits of this daily habit?
Psychology research shows that the feeling of gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Generally speaking are the main benefits of gratitude that you will feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health and build stronger relationships.
3. Why is it important for your balance?
Researches have demonstrated plenty of times over the many benefits of practicing gratitude. Most importantly, it leads to an increased balance in your life, which generally makes yourself and lifestyle happier. Increased levels of happiness lead to more motivation and drive to achieve your goals. Achieving those goals leads to increased levels of happiness. This circle can only last when all key parts work consistently and balanced together.
4. How can I integrate it into my daily life?
Start your day with the Mind, Body & Wealth Journal and simply write what you are grateful for. For example:
- don't be picky: appreciate everything (waking up today, being alive)
- find gratitude in your challenges
- practice mindfulness
- express yourself with gratitude, whenever you can
- spend time with/call a loved one and show them your gratitude