It’s taught to us by our families. It’s taught to us by our teachers at school, and it’s a value that goes deeper than you think. We are talking that feeling of gratitude. You may consider it simple polite behavior, but it has a deeper impact on how we look at the world and how we end up feeling.

Expressing and feeling gratitude tends to make people more jouyous, optimistic and enthusiastic. Feeling gratitude lowers the level of cortisol and increases positive emotions in people, thereby reducing depression and anxiety in people.

The practice of feeling and expressing gratitude has proven to make people happier. You can do this in a number of ways so that it becomes a part of your life. A few ways are highlighted below:

Gratitude Journal
Make it a daily or weekly practice to record 3 – 5 things that you are grateful for in life. When you do so, you will realize that there is a lot more in life for your to feel grateful about and it will make you happy.

Gratitude Jar
Use interesting pieces of paper and interesting pens to write down what you are feeling grateful for and put it in the jar. Once a week look back at the things that you have dropped in to the jar.

Gratitude Letter
This is a pass it forward activity of gratitude. Write a letter to someone else thanking them for being them or for something that they may have done.

Yoga and Meditation
Practicing Yoga and meditation helps express gratitude to our own minds and bodies.

Think about the things that you cannot live your life without and be thankful for them. Learn how to say thanks for the smallest of things. Enjoy every meal, every bite. Be mindful in the most mundane activities of life and take a few minutes to thank those you work with. Breathe consciously, notice your environment, be thankful for nature.

Eat well and stay healthy and be grateful for the food you receive and your body and good health. Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to learn how you can stay healthy and happy or get in touch with a Homeopath for a natural way to a happy lifestyle.