Those who are more materialistic are more likely to relentlessly pursue wealth. Gratitude has caused me to focus less on things that don’t matter, like making money, and more on the things that do, like my family and this blog. Spiritual transcendence is I believe the opposite to also be true, that gratitude spontaneously gives rise to spiritual attribution, helping one feel closer to God or other religious entities.
So while gratitude won’t make you lazy, over your lifetime you may end up earning less money. You may, for example, spend time with friends, family, and your hobbies. I am irreligious, and have found gratitude practices to make my spiritual position difficult – those moments when I feel intense gratitude make me want to believe in a benevolent God.
My solution has been to re-direct my feelings towards Lady Luck.
Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal. 65% of Americans didn’t receive recognition in the workplace last year. Sign up for The Gratitude Hack, the course I created with the sole focus of helping you live a happier, more grateful life. Want to know the details or explore the science that backs up these claims? Optimism in turn makes us happier, improves our health, and has been shown to increase lifespan by as much as a few years.
Click below to go to the specific category or benefit that interests you, or just continue scrolling. The act of gratitude is the act of focusing on the good in life.
This list of benefits was compiled by aggregating the results of more than 40 research studies on gratitude.
It also kills our marriages – we get use to our amazing spouse (or kids, or job, or house, or car, or game).
In which world do you think you would have more self-esteem? The key is what’s on our minds as we’re trying to fall asleep.
If it’s worries about the kids, or anxiety about work, the level of stress in our body will increase, reducing sleep quality, keeping us awake, and cutting our sleep short.
Hedonic adaptation gives unparalleled resiliency and keeps us motivated to achieve ever greater things.
Those who have been disabled have a remarkable ability to rebound – initially they may feel terrible, but after months or years they are on average just as happy as everyone else.
I expect this to change – because of my compassion and gratitude practices I am starting to have spontaneous urges to help others.
This is because the very nature of gratitude is to focus on others (on acts of benevolence).
For example, spiritual individuals are more likely to feel a strong spiritual or emotional connection with others, and to believe in inter-connectedness.