Let's say I have in my pocket I have a magic pill that could make you live healthier, happier, change your view on life and even increase your productivity, what if I told you this pill was completely free and it took very little to no effort, would you be interested?
Let me just put it this way.
If this pill existed, would you want one?
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude, by definition, is "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."
Science says choosing a life full of gratitude makes us happier and more optimistic. What I love about gratitude is it requires minimal effort, and it's FREE! Yes free, no money down, it doesn't even need you to take out a loan to give you a better life.
Here are five reasons gratitude will or can improve your productivity.
Gratitude attracts what we want. The more thankful you are of things, the more you'll want those things. The law of attraction says that we will attract things we think about the most, so when we are continuously grateful for our blessing, then, in theory, we should be drawing more of those things.
"We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." -Cynthia Ozick
Gratitude reduces negativity. Have you ever tried to complain about something while laughing? This is the same kind of mindset you'll have; it's tough to be cynical about things when you are thinking about things in which you are so grateful for. The quickest way to increase the outlook or mood of your current situation is to think about what we have to be blessed for.
Gratitude will improve relationships. As soon as we can learn to talk, our parents are teaching us the importance of "thank you." We are taught this to be respectful, yes, but also it's showing how to be grateful in a positive way. This lesson in childhood is compelling. This is one that many of us carry into adulthood and use every day. How do you feel when people let you know that they appreciate you? Does their gratitude towards you increase the value of that relationship? Do you positively see them? Be grateful for those that add value to your life with their actions, talents, and positive contributions. Make sure that you make a real effort to reach out and make them aware of truly how appreciative you are of them.