Would you believe us if we told you that expressing gratitude can increase your bottom line? Expressing gratitude for the people you care about will actually make you a happier person. Don’t believe us? Well we have YouTube to back us up:
We encourage you to try this for yourself. Think of someone very important to you, who you are thankful for. Then write down why, and finally give them a call. Share with them what you think of when you envision them and feel your mood begin to improve. Not only will you feel better about you life and circumstances your happiness will increase. You will also experience the tangible financial benefits attached to being a grateful person. Being grateful gives you a healthy view of yourself, of your money, and of the control you have over your financial circumstances.
We’ve written before about how one of the best ways to build wealth is to embrace contentment. This miraculous truth can be lost in the financial milieu that says you must make more or spend less to increase your wealth. What we often forget is that gratitude is the key to contentment, the center from which we can embrace our life circumstances, especially those we cannot control. Choosing to live as a grateful person allows you to be thankful even in challenging circumstances. Gratitude means that we are thankful for what we have, and we don’t need more or something else to make us happy. When you are grateful for your circumstances you spend less money.
You might think we’re joking but find out for yourself, this is the financial power of gratitude. keep track of your spending in months that you intentionally put into practice telling others you’re grateful for them. You will spend less. There is a connection between spending and pleasure. We spend looking for a hit of good feelings. when you practice gratitude you get that naturally. You don’t need the hit of a new handbag, or shoes, or video games because you are actively expressing thankfulness.
Gratitude Frees You From “The Love of Money”
We’ve all heard the common saying which comes from a portion of the bible that “money is the root of all evil.” The actual quote goes “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Embracing gratitude frees us from loving our money too much. While some people would contend that money really can buy happiness we all know the truth of it. While it seems ironic to hear this from a financial blog, there is so much more to our lives than money and what it buys us. We need to be free from it if we are to have a healthy relationship with it. Gratitude frees us from the oppression that can come from allowing our connection to money to dominate our decision making. Gratitude makes us realize that money will come our way when we need it and that we need not hoard it. It changes our perspective from one of scarcity to abundance. We feel there is enough to go around rather than fiercely protecting what we have and being stingy.
Express Gratitude, It Will Make You Happier
Finally if you are feeling down about your financial situation, try expressing gratitude. It will literally make you happier and change your outlook. You will have the confidence to overcome the obstacles facing you. You may think your financial circumstances are difficult but for the most part we would content that you have all you need to overcome them. Don’t give in to despair ask for help, and find something to be grateful for.
How has your outlook improved when you have expressed gratitude? Do you believe that it could alter your financial situation?