The Power of Gratitude
What does mindfulness have to do with gratitude? We cannot be grateful by being in the past or in the future. Gratitude brings us back to the present moment.
Gratitude allows us to be aware and appreciative of the blessings we have and not to solely focus on the struggles that we encounter. Mindfulness helps us respond to our misfortunes with acceptance and kindness. The two practices, gratitude and mindfulness, work together and are interconnected.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. His work has revealed the many benefits of gratitude including more happiness, better health, and strong social connection.
The more grateful we are, the more present we become.
Write down 3 things that you're grateful for.
1. One person that means the world to you.
2. One thing that you could offer to help or support a friend or a family member.
3. An upsetting experience in the past and how it might now make you feel grateful.