Gratitude is the practice of acknowledging and appreciating the goodness in your life. It also implies a recognition that we would not be who we are / where we are in life, without the contributions of others.
Routinely practicing gratitude helps us experience increased positive emotions.
Gratitude increases dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, which are key neurotransmitters that give us feelings of contentment. If we are grateful more often, the happiness-producing neural pathways strengthen, just as exercise strengthens the body.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis and the University of Miami found that after regularly expressing gratitude for 10 weeks, study participants reported feeling more optimistic about their lives. Optimism, in turn, has been shown to be a life-lengthening trait in a recent Harvard University study.
Oprah Winfrey on Gratitude: Every morning when I open my curtains for that first look at the day, no matter what the day looks like—raining, foggy, overcast, sunny—my heart swells with gratitude. I get another chance.
Tim Ferriss on Gratitude: Happiness = gratitude. Practice the latter and you'll feel the former.
Jay Shetty on Gratitude: We need to remain grateful for absolutely everything we have. When we start with gratitude and see everything as fortune and grace, we're able to receive much more deeply.