Becoming a master of gratitude not only feels awesome, it has actually been proven to heighten ones quality of life.  Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.

Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Studies have shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

Among other things, the participants of the study were instructed to simply make a daily list of things for which they were grateful.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.

Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted. Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations.

Becoming a master of gratitude can begin today by bringing gratitude into all of your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.  Meister Eckhart said it beautifully.  If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. Thank you for taking the time to read and if I can help you with anything related to the Raleigh area real estate market, you can contact me here and connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.