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Gratefulness is an appreciation for something received - physical or non-tangible. Read on to find out how you can become a more grateful person.

Published on: August 30, 2021
Topics included: appreciative | gratitude | kindness | thoughful
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How to Be Grateful

Gratefulness is an appreciation for something received either physically or non-tangible. Here are some activities that can lead to gratefulness.


  1. Observe.
    Start paying attention to little things. Once you start to marvel at what you see, hear, smell, taste and/or touch, you are on your way.
  2. Meditate.
    Pay close attention to your thougths, emotions or sensations of the present moment.
  3. Journal.
    Write down what you are feeling grateful for. It can be one word on a post-it, one sentence or one paragraph.
  4. Pray.
    Talk to a spiritial being about what you are thankful for.
  5. Volunteer.
    Helping others less fortunate than you are, can make you appreciate your situation.
  6. Share.
    Give a toast before dinner, write a thank-you note, or call someone. Tell them why you appreciate them and what they have done for you.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.


French Enlightenment Writer and Historian

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Benefits to Being Grateful


  • Reduces anxiety/stress
  • Improves immunity
  • Enhances sleep quality


  • Increases empathy
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Raises optimism


  • Improves relationships
  • Makes you more outgoing
  • Relishes good times

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