HISTORY/ORIGIN of Gratitude:
The word “gratitude” comes from the Latin word “gratus,” meaning “pleasing, thankful.” Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation felt by receiving acts of kindness, gifts, help, favors, and other types of generosity from others.
The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions and a topic of interest to philosophers throughout time. Gratitude has deep roots in our history, DNA and child development.
In 1998, Martin Seligman introduced a new branch of psychology called “positive psychology,” which focuses on the study of gratitude. This includes understanding how gratitude is experienced short-term, differences in how often individuals feel gratitude, and the benefits of gratitude.
What is a gratitude practice:
Gratitude itself is the act of noticing and appreciating all the good things in your life. A gratitude practice is training yourself to notice and appreciate the good things, then expressing gratitude for them. Practicing gratitude requires commitment to focus on your thought patterns and intentionally shift your mind to the positive.
Why is gratitude impactful/important
The way we see the world around us is impacted by the thoughts we reflect on - positive or negative. Focusing on being grateful for the good things in life allows you to see even more to be thankful for.
Negativity is a trap that many people are stuck in today. It can be difficult to be grateful when you’re only seeing life through a negative lens.
Being willing to make a mindful change from negative thought patterns to a grateful perspective enhances your daily life and happiness. A gratitude practice allows you to see even more good in the world and within yourself.
Focusing on gratitude every day can improve your relationships, overall health, self-esteem, and more. Training your mind to focus on gratitude can have such an amazing impact on your life, and we’re here to help you get started!