“Gratitude” seems like one of those sticky catch-all words. It conjures up the image of a family at Thanksgiving dinner going around the table and professing all that they are grateful for. It conjures up images of writing thank-you cards for gifts (an oft-dreaded practice). These are certainly good practices of gratitude - and there’s more to living a gratitude-driven lifestyle than a simple “thank you”!
Is your internal dialogue harsh and negative (do you call yourself names, berate yourself, or make empty promises)? Or is your internal dialogue positive (kind, supportive, compassionate, patient, and trustworthy)? From the fields of psychology to mindfulness to quantum physics, many researchers agree that our thoughts become our reality.