Gratitude is simply being grateful, or thankful. Usually we are grateful for things that happen, things we have, relationships and the world around us. But in the business of life and in a society where often we focus on what we WANT rather than what we HAVE it’s easy to take a lot of things for granted and forget to be grateful. How often are we grateful for the fact that we have homes, regular food, a comfortable bed, a sense of being safe? Yes, they are the basics but a lot of people all over the world don’t have them.
Mindfulness has been found to reduce stress and one of the key factors of mindfulness is that it is all about the present, being aware of the present moment and not always looking ahead, or indeed to the past. Gratitude in many ways is very similar in the way it helps us to focus on the present. In addition however recent research suggests that the process of being grateful is actually beneficial to us in a whole host of other ways.