Video lesson

The idea that practising gratitude yields positive results may be nothing new to you. But if the benefits of gratitude are so clear and well established, why can it be so difficult to practise it?

Reflection questions

  • Who in your life are you grateful for? What makes them special?
  • What simple pleasures are you grateful for?
  • How can you make gratitude a daily habit?

Exercise: Create your own gratitude list

What are you grateful for? My Reasons to Fight List taught me that life is full of many awesome simple pleasures. Why not start fostering an attitude of gratitude by coming up with your own list?

Take a few minutes to jot down some of the things you’re grateful for. Keep the list handy — or post it somewhere visible — so you can refer back to it when you need a little pick me up and add more items to it.

Tools and tips from around the web

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life.

Gratitude influences sleep through the mechanism of pre-sleep cognitions

A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way: Explaining Why Gratitude Expressions Motivate Prosocial Behavior

11 Best Gratitude Apps to Increase Your Wellbeing

How to Practice Gratitude
(includes 10 ways to practice daily gratitude and a five-minute gratitude meditation)

40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude

How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

The Gratitude Journal: Prompts, PDFs, and Worksheets

Free downloadable gratitude worksheet

Gratitude Exercises & Activities