We are continuing our series – 5 Things Successful Women do Differently. This series is based on five things I shared with my niece during a recent conversation we had about success.  I told her to become successful she will need to follow a proven formula.  Since success leaves clues, the formula wouldn’t be hard to decipher.  Last week, we talked about your circle of influence.  Today we’re going to talk about an attitude of gratitude!

The fifth thing that successful women do differently – They have an Attitude of Gratitude!

No matter where you are at in your own life, you can improve your situation dramatically by just focusing on being grateful on a regular basis.

According to Psychology Today, here are 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude:
  • Gratitude opens the door to more success and happiness.
  • Gratitude improves physical health.
  • Gratitude improves psychological health.
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
  • Grateful people sleep better.
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem.
  • Gratitude increases mental strength.

It can be easy to get swept away in a busy life and forget to stop and take time to appreciate what you have. A life well lived is one of gratitude and thankfulness. To help you on your gratitude journey, I found an article  that list the following 5 ways to have more gratitude in your daily life.

1. Don’t be picky: appreciate everything

Gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for the “big” things in life. The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for.

Even if it is as simple as appreciating the clear weather or how quickly amazon delivered your order last Friday, don’t leave anything out when practicing your gratitude.

2. Express yourself

Sometimes it’s not enough to simply keep your gratitude to yourself. You can increase your feelings of gratitude by expressing that same gratitude to the people you care about.

Soul Pancake, a group that works to discover the “science of happiness,” ran an experiment where they encouraged people to write a letter to a person they were grateful for. By itself, this exercise increased their levels of happiness from 2 to 4%. However, when the same people made a phone call to the person they were thankful for to express their gratitude directly, happiness levels jumped from 4% to 19%.

Not only does expressing your gratitude for someone make their day a little brighter, but it can do wonders for increasing your own levels of gratitude and happiness in the long run.

3. Spend time with loved ones

If you’re struggling with feeling the gratitude in the moment, go spend time with your friends and family. Of course it will help you grow closer to them and strengthen your relationship, but it will also give you a chance to practice your acts of gratitude on people that you care about.

4. Find gratitude in your challenges

Gratitude is not only about being thankful for positive experiences. In fact, sometimes thinking about negative or difficult situations can help to really nail down what you have to be thankful for.

5. Watch your Language.

Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf.

This concludes our series on the “5 Things Successful Women do Differently.” As you develop these 5 habits in your life, you too will become more successful.  When you succeed on the inside, by taking on the thoughts of a successful person, the results will show on the outside.  Below is a quick review of the entire series.

Here are the 5 things I believe successful women do differently:

1. They believe that they will be successful.

2.  They take risks even when they’re afraid.

3.  They take care of themselves emotionally, physically and spiritually.

4.  They know how to connect with and build relationship with others.

5.  They have an attitude of gratitude.

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