Ep. 417: The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude and Appreciation

4 Ways to Develop a Daily Practice of Thankfulness

Key idea: Practicing gratitude isn’t simply feeling thankful; it’s a way of being in the world that advances your perspective, elevates your happiness, and strengthens your physical health.

We don’t need to tell you that as a business owner, you have some significant responsibilities. And because people count on you for their livelihoods, sometimes even small obstacles can take on larger-than-life importance. But an insidious preoccupation with things that can go wrong can create a loss of perspective and cause you to ruminate on what’s lacking, which typically only makes things worse for everyone.

Jumping off the numerous studies that have shown how practicing gratitude positively affects feelings of happiness and improves our physical health, today’s Silver Dollar episode is about how you can shift your focus from lamenting about what you may lack to being grateful for what you do have. We want to help you think deeply about all that is good in your life by reviewing four ways you can develop a daily practice of thankfulness.

  1. Create a gratitude journal. Write about those things that money can’t buy.
  2. Practice appreciation. Start with noting what you like about yourself.
  3. Be mindful. It may not be easy at first, but focus on the present.
  4. Silence your inner critic. Forego making critical judgments about yourself and others. Consider instead the impact you can make.

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