Why Gratitude is Good For Your Finances

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 admit that they are ungrateful.

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 gimmies. We are consumers. Our culture encourages us to want and to get more. And too often, satisfying those wants and gimmies 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, Rachel Cruze, shares a simple exercise you can do to keep at the forefront of your mind, the things in your life you are thankful for.

Each morning start the day by recording two things you’re grateful for. It can be in a journal, in a memo on your phone, or whatever you prefer. The result? You’ll have a running and growing list you can look back on when you need 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.

What are you grateful for?

My challenge for you today 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.

Why Gratitude is Good For Your Finances

4 Comments

  1. Alaya

    I should go first with my own challenge, right?

    I wrote this post at the end of a day in which I spent a lot of time (and tears) focusing on something that I didn’t have. I guess I wrote this post because I needed to hear it! So my two things are this:

    1. My husband. He is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. I’m incredibly grateful to have him in my corner.
    2. I’m home in the afternoon for my youngest son. This may not sound big, but after 15+ years woking in a career that demanded 12-hour or more days and never being home in the afternoon, a career change a few years ago has allowed me to be home for the first time since having kids. That’s huge for me!

    Okay, your turn!!

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  2. Lisa

    Hi! I’m grateful for the metamorphosis of my kitty cat. He was a feral animal that I fed for a year and a half before taking him in, and would not let me near him. He knows exactly how far my arm reaches from my body and comes no closer. But he became blind in one eye, and it was a daily cat and mouse chase (ha!) for about 10 minutes, twice a day. It was exhausting for feline and human. I prayed and meditated and used law of attraction and envisioning him lovingly allowing me to give him his daily eye drops. Then it dawned on me to give him peace and love, not stress and strife. I learned to pick him up by the ribs, not the scruff. I learned to pet him and kiss him and speak softly to him before administering the eye drop. Eventually, over time, he began purring in my arms! I never thought I’d see the day! Now he meows and gets my attention, and patiently waits for me to pick him up so he can get his eye drops each day. He knows whats coming next: kitty treats! It has been such a blessing to see this scared and skittish cat grow from an untrusting soul to a loving and playful feline. It took 10 years, but I am grateful for each day we get to spend in each other’s company. It has taught me a lot about patience and how love is a living and growing part of our lives.

    The second thing I am grateful for is my health! Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in 2007 was a true blessing. It has taught me that my food choices make a huge impact on my quality of life. I see that choices are everywhere: in food, finances, relationships, work, family, etc. We just have to learn to quiet ourselves and know which is the right voice to follow.

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  3. Motta

    Gratitude, when practiced, transforms all sectors of our lives. Very good article.

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    • Alaya

      Thank you!

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