Learn more about grateful living

One thing we all have in common is that we all want to be happy. A powerful way to experience happiness is to develop a grateful attitude towards life. Mindfully expressing gratitude regularly is the key to grateful living. It has a great transformational impact on how we perceive the world.

Gratefulfor.org wants to support you in strengthening gratefulness as a trait in your life. It gives you the opportunity to express what you feel grateful for and to share it with others. We want to create a place where gratitude and appreciation from all over the world flows together to form a stream of inspiration and positivity. Be a part of our network of grateful people!

How to make gratefulness a trait

We all experience gratefulness and know how good it feels. But very often we only start to appreciate the positive things in our lives when there is a negative. We tend to take things for granted, it is simply human nature. When do we appreciate health for example? When we recover from sickness. Grateful living is learning to be more conscious of the richness of life that we encounter every day. It is a matter of what we focus on.

So how to become more grateful? Write down things you are grateful for. Writing helps to be more aware of the feeling. To form a habit of gratefulness it takes practice and repetition. Do the gratefulness exercise on a regular basis, weekly is a good start. And finally share it with others. It is fun and inspiring to see what other people are grateful for!

Tips for the exercise

For the gratefulness exercise we recommend to write down at least three things that you are grateful for. It might be a beloved person or the fresh breeze you felt today. Each one of them is a gift in your life. Don’t write them down mechanically but enjoy the feeling of gratitude while doing the exercise. It is all about the experience of the writing.

The benefits of grateful living

Scientific research has proven many positive effects of expressing gratitude. People who regularly write down things they are grateful for are more optimistic, experience increased levels of happiness and physical well-being. They are more likely to help others and make progress towards their personal goals. Grateful living helps to relieve depressive symptoms and to deal with stress. Enthusiasm and feeling more connected to others add to the long list of merits that comes with counting one´s blessings.