Minting Daily Gratitude

Updated: May 24

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh said "None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” I never thought of Gratitude as a currency, but I understand the analogy especially when you consider that most of the things that we purchase we do so to make our life better.

Gratitude is a powerful emotion, that when channeled changes how we think, feel and experience the world. Having a daily practice of expressing my gratitude has been life-changing for me and research shows I am not alone.

In Harvard Medical School's article Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier they refer to research done by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California Davis and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami. In this study, Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life, they asked participants to make weekly notes on how they were feeling about certain topics. The article states that “One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”

On most days, way more good happens than bad and yet our mind tends to focus on the negative. I have found that expressing my gratitude as a daily practice flips the negative script to positive. Instead of focusing on the few irritations, I center my thoughts on all of the good things in my life and sometimes it is the good moments, like a walk on a sunny day or laughing with my son about lines from our favorite movies.

This has had a profound effect on increasing my overall happiness by reducing my negative reactions and perspective on things. Finding a few minutes in the morning to write down the things that I am grateful for (Five Minute Journal book or phone app) or even wearing clothing with a positive message that reminds me throughout the day to stay focused on the good things in my life have been fruitful tools that build up my currency for which I am using for a better life.

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