How Being Grateful Can Improve Your Life\r\nMay 1, 2018\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMe + Coffee = Grateful\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThinking about what we\u2019re grateful for doesn\u2019t need to occur just once a year in late November. The practice of expressing gratitude, be it verbal or written, has incredible benefits for our health and well-being.\r\n\r\nThe seven benefits listed in the Forbes article linked to above are:\r\n\r\n \tGratitude opens the door to more relationships.\r\n \tGratitude improves physical health.\r\n \tGratitude improves psychological health.\r\n \tGratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.\r\n \tGrateful people sleep better.\r\n \tGratitude improves self-esteem.\r\n \tGratitude increases mental strength.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s amazing to think that something that is both free and relatively simple to do (being grateful\/expressing gratitude) can have such a profound effect on the human mind, body, and spirit. In those moments we are thinking about what we don\u2019t have or what we feel we deserve, a slight shift in perspective is all that\u2019s needed. Instead, we can choose to think about the positives and all we DO have and the benefits of doing so will help improve our lives.\r\n \r\n Thinking about what we\u2019re grateful for doesn\u2019t need to occur just once a year in late November. The practice of expressing gratitude, be it verbal or written, has incredible benefits for our health and well-being. \r\n\r\n \u2014 Brene Brown \r\nSometimes, though, we may be in a place in our lives where feelings of gratitude are hard to identify. Let me reassure you that is completely normal . When we\u2019re used to thinking about all that is wrong in our lives, the shift to thinking about what is good in our lives may take some practice. My advice: start small. Is it sunny outside? You can choose to feel grateful for the sun warming your skin. Did someone smile at you during a trip to the store? You can choose to feel grateful for the act of kindness from a stranger. It may sound cheesy, but don\u2019t let that stop you from trying. The more you get into the habit, the easier it will become.\r\n\r\nThat leads me to gratitude journals. You may be asking, \u201cwhat are they and why should I have one?\u201d Journaling what we are grateful for helps keep a record that can be referenced whenever we may be feeling anxious, angry, stressed or any other feeling that is keeping us in a state of distress. In keeping a journal of all you are grateful for, you not only reap the benefits listed above, but you have an official gratitude list to reference when you aren\u2019t feeling particularly good about anything. Choosing to focus on the good may not come easily at first, but if you start small and keep at it, the results may surprise you.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNothing But Love For Sunsets\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe at CaredFor believe that both thinking of what we\u2019re grateful for and expressing gratitude is so important that we created a new feature in our app called the \u201cGratitude Journal.\u201d It allows our users to keep a digital journal of what they\u2019re grateful for and even includes prompts to make it easier to get started. Each entry has the ability to be private to only the user or the user can choose to have the entry visible to their team.\r\n\r\nToday I am grateful for the beautiful day after weeks of rain and gloom, jamming to The Rolling Stones at my desk with my colleague, and for the smiling faces of my kids that I\u2019ll see at the end of the day.\r\nWhat are you grateful for today?