Seven ways to feel more grateful

August 14, 2019

Want to be happier? A grateful heart can lead to greater happiness. Here are seven easy ways to practice gratitude.

Having a grateful heart can lead to greater happiness. Studies show that grateful people experience more joy and optimism and feel less lonely and isolated. Through gratitude, we experience our interconnectedness — to each other and to God ― which is essential to well-being.

To enjoy life to the fullest, practice gratitude daily. Here are seven ways to make gratitude a part of every day:

  1. Keep a gratitude journal, and write in it every day.
  2. Volunteer to help others.
  3. Nurture your friendships.
  4. Take a walk, noticing the beauty around you.
  5. Prepare a meal with love, thinking of the people you will feed.
  6. Embrace challenges, turning them into opportunities to grow.
  7. Give thanks to God for all you have received.

Gratitude helps you focus on what you have instead of what you lack. This outlook grows stronger with use and practice.

If you’re looking for ways to make gratitude a part of your daily life, and you have medical coverage through the Board of Pensions, consider participating in the Practice Simple Gratitude coaching program through Call to Health.* During this six-week program, you’ll learn practical strategies for improving your well-being and simple exercises to work through limiting thoughts and emotions that impede a life of gratitude and growth — and you’ll receive 300 Call to Health points upon completion.

Make gratitude part of your journey toward greater health and wholeness.

*Call to Health is available to members and their spouses enrolled in the active Medical Plan (the Highmark PPO, EPO, and HDHP); it is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.

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