Gratitude Habit

Gratitude is an attitude you can inhabit 24/7. The more you practice, the more automatic it becomes to notice details around you that fill you with wonder and appreciation in every moment. It takes effort to cultivate, but once you’ve got it, you live life on a...

One Trick Pony

Some people think that practicing gratitude means ignoring all the ‘terrible things’ in the world so you can selfishly live in blissful ignorance. But feeling grateful in the face of hardship and suffering isn’t for the faint of heart. Healthy...

Acknowledging Good Fortune

Humans seem to be wired to notice when things go wrong, but not necessarily when things go well. We vigilantly perceive the slightest inconvenience or unexpected challenge but often fail to be grateful when we experience even exceptional good fortune. This...

Happy Gratitude Day

In the United States, the 4th Thursday of November is a day that Americans traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving, in honor of the first harvest for the Pilgrims in the New World in 1621. Native Americans call the same occasion ‘A Day of Mourning’ because of...

The Best Preparation for the Future

Improve Your Future The best thing to do right now for your future is reflect on all the things you’re grateful for. Think of them often, write them down and add new ones everyday. It’s not just the big things that matter, but everyday things you might typically...

Neurology of Gratitude

Focusing on gratitude is a way to immediately feel good. But, is it just a trick to distract ourselves from the suffering, tragedy and injustice we see? Actually, the exercise of focusing our thoughts on gratitude is mental training. Cognitive science instructs us...