How to Cultivate an "Attitude of Gratitude"

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Thanksgiving is one day each year we take account of what we are thankful for, a beautiful tradition embedded in the holiday that's all about the food. Although after we emerge from the food comas, it's easy to forget all we have to be thankful for. Studies show that practicing gratitude leads to higher satisfaction with life, more optimism, increased progress towards their goals, and improved physical and mental health. So why not keep the spirit alive year round? Here's how to cultivate an "Attitude of Gratitude."

Start Small
Don't wait for the big moments, appreciate the little ones too. A gorgeous cotton-candy colored sunset, how fast your online order arrived at your door, and the cashier that made you smile at the checkout all count.

Thank your Challenges
Look at the lessons you learned and the strength you've gained from what you've overcome. All of that prepared you for what's to come.

Be Mindful
When you practice mindfulness you will begin to notice and become thankful for the little things as they're happening. Your mind will become wired to see more positive in life.

Spread the Love
Tell others what makes you grateful for them. You experience happiness when you reflect on all the love in your life. When you share it, they get to experience it too, which in turn makes them grateful for you. This act is the ultimate pay it forward.

Do it Every Day
Jot a few items in a journal before bed and experience a reduction of cortisol and better sleep. Or, set the alarm on your phone each day and take 30 seconds to say what your thankful when it goes off. If you're around someone when it goes off, share it with someone. This act is one of the easiest ways you can begin to see a difference in your life. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way!

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