Why Gratitude is Good For Your Finances

October 7, 2016

Why Gratitude is Good For Your Finances

Do you consider yourself a grateful person? I’m sure you just said yes, right? Not many people are able (or willing) to come to the conclusion that they are not grateful.

But when I ask that question, what I mean is, are you really grateful? Do you realize how much you have? Do you recognize what is going well for you? Do you show and express appreciation for those things, OR do the things you don’t have get more focus and attention?

It’s easy to get caught up in our wants and gimmes. We are consumers. Our culture encourages us to want and to get more. And too often, satisfying those wants and gimmes results in poor decision-making and damaged finances.

Gratitude Challenge

Well, I have a challenge for you — a Gratitude Challenge. In the book, Love Your Life Not Theirs, author Rachel Cruze, shares an exercise she started doing as a way to keep at the forefront of her mind, the things in her life she is thankful for.

Each morning she would start the day by recording two things to be grateful for in a memo on her phone. The result? A running and growing list she can look back on when she needs a dose of gratitude.

Doing this is powerful. When you’re full of gratitude, your perspective, your life, and your finances are influenced by that gratitude. Recognizing and acknowledging the positives in your life yields a sense of contentment. And when you’re content, you approach your finances from a unique perspective.

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Your Turn

My challenge is this: share one or two things that you are grateful for right here! I would love to hear what you have to be thankful for. And I think it could be powerful for you to hear (see) what others are grateful for as well.

So, what do you have to be grateful for? In the comments, share your one or two things — anything that you’re thankful for. It can be related to your finances, but it doesn’t have to be. Share anything that is going well for you that you need to acknowledge and remind yourself about. I would love to see the comments full of what you are grateful for!

My hope is that this inspires you to start giving more airtime to the positives in your life and less airtime to what you lack.

Leave a comment here, but I also challenge you to go beyond that. Start a gratitude memo on your phone, share your areas of gratitude at the dinner table each night, or start a gratitude journal. Take some time to focus on the good in your life!

Let’s hear it. What are YOU grateful for? Share in the comments.

Love this gratitude challenge! Focusing on what you have to be grateful for is good for your finances and necessary if you're living a frugal and debt-free life.