12 Exercises to Become a Gratitude Master
Intro: Why Master Gratitude?
Research overwhelmingly shows that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of physical, mental and social benefits. Being a social emotion, gratitude can be seen as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.
Practicing gratitude does not ignore the harsh realities of life; in fact, it accepts them, then encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life. Looking a little deeper into where this sense of goodness comes from, we can see that much of this appreciation stems from external sources. Gratitude can humble us and help us acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.
To master this level of gratitude, we have compiled the 12-step immersive experience above that lets you deeply explore the world of gratitude. Some of these practices are abstract while others are more concrete, which can be particularly effective in working with children. When you are performing these exercises, remember that every person will have a different experience and reaction, but most all of us are capable of cultivating a sense of gratitude.
As you make your way through these steps, be wary of overdosing on gratitude. Focus on the quality of your gratitude exercises and expressions rather than quantity. For even more tips on how to do this, visit Greater Good.