Over the last couple of months, I have been rubbing shoulders with a group of very successful people, and the one thing that kept coming to the surface in all these conversations were discussions on gratitude.
The one moment this hit home for me, was when I spent 3 days with Aaron Sansoni at his Sales Mastery Bootcamp, and a further 3 days at the Million Dollar Agent Bootcamp a month or so later. Aaron spoke about a gratitude wall in his walk in robe, that he stands in front of every morning and gets his mindset on track for the day. He also mentioned the process of having your goals on the other side, and as you complete them, you move them over to the gratitude wall.
There are so many things in our daily lives that we should be grateful for, however over time it all just becomes normal and we loose our thankfulness for these things.
What are you grateful for?
- Clean running water?
- Food in the pantry & fridge?
- A selection of clothes in your cupboard?
- Healthy family
- The sun coming up every morning
- Your parents
- Money in the bank
- Safe Neighbourhood
- Size of your house
I began to look deeper into a few studies on gratitude and found some really significant results. In one study if found that just by keeping a daily gratitude diary, and regularly making an effort to be thankful, that it resulted in a 10% uplift on long term well being in the participants.
They also found quite a number of other benefits that gratitude creates in our life.
- Gratitude makes us happier
- Just the process of being more grateful, makes us more trusted.
- Gratitude has show benefits to social relationships which resulted in more friends and deeper relationships
- They found that people who practiced being grateful, had an improved sleep quality, they fell asleep faster and their natural duration of sleep was extended.
- They had a sense of increased vitality and energy
- In the work environment, they made a more effective manager, with better decision making capabilities and improved productivity.
- They found an uplift in workplace culture in businesses that trained staff on gratitude, which resulted in a more friendly and enjoyable place to be.
- Reduction in feelings of envy and the need for materialistic items.
- Participants also became more optimistic, more spiritual, less self-centred and had a increase in self-esteem.
Let me finish with the dictionary definition of graditude.
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Here is a great article below with heaps of further information & research.