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How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

By Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

There are many benefits to developing an attitude of gratitude. People who maintain a grateful outlook on life experience greater happiness, heightened well-being, and improved relationships. 

In addition, gratitude has been shown to reduce stress and promote physical health. If you are looking for ways to feel happier and improve your overall well-being, cultivating gratitude is a great place to start. Here are a few tips on how to develop an attitude of gratitude.

There are benefits to having an attitude of gratitude

1. Be Mindful of the Good in Your Life

It is easy to take the good things in our lives for granted. We may not even realize how fortunate we are until we no longer have them. Make it a habit to reflect on the good things in your life, big or small. Expressing gratitude for the good can help us better appreciate what we have and foster a sense of thankfulness.

2. Acknowledge the Effort of Others

Gratitude is not just about feeling thankful for what we have—it is also about acknowledging the efforts of others. Whenever someone goes out of their way to help you or do something nice for you, take the time to express your appreciation. Letting others know that their efforts are appreciated can make them feel good while also deepening your relationship with them.

3. Be Grateful for Difficult Experiences

It is natural to only want to focus on the positive aspects of our lives. However, overcoming adversity can also be a source of gratitude. Difficult times can provide us with opportunities for growth and help us appreciate the good times even more. The next time you are going through a tough experience, try to find something to be grateful for in it.

4. Practice Daily Gratitude Journaling

One of the best ways to develop an attitude of gratitude is to practice daily gratitude journaling. Each day, take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for in your life. This could be anything from your health to your family and friends or simply feeling thankful for a sunny day. Writing down what you are grateful for can help you focus on the positive and cultivate a more thankful outlook on life. 

An attitude of gratitude should not be overlooked


Developing an attitude of gratitude has many benefits including increased happiness, improved well-being, and strengthened relationships just to name a few. As a team of Spokane Financial Advisors, we are grateful for serving our amazing clients! What are you grateful for today?

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