Welcome to a thought-provoking journey into the world of gratitude and its profound impact on our overall wellbeing and delve into the intricate relationship between gratitude and your health. Studies have shown that embracing gratitude can lead to less stress, improved heart health, and even a stronger immune system.

At its core, wellbeing is the key to unlocking a profound sense of joy and fulfilment that remains unshaken by life’s ups and downs. It’s about feeling better and more alive, experiencing a profound contentment that’s not dependent on external circumstances. Wellbeing means different things to different people – what does wellbeing mean to you?

Wellbeing encompasses many different aspects of our life and can vary from person to person. However, one integral component that consistently contributes to wellbeing is gratitude. Gratitude is not just an emotion but a mindset. It’s about recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of your life. The act of practicing gratitude has been associated with numerous benefits that enrich our overall sense of wellbeing.

Gratitude offers us a way to cherish what we have, rather than constantly seeking new things in the pursuit of happiness. It helps us shift our focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in our lives. Initially, it might seem forced, but as we practice it regularly, this mental state becomes more natural and impactful.

We can all improve and enhance our capacity for gratitude by trying out different practices. So, try out the practices below to help you embrace gratitude.

  • One of the most effective ways to boost gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. In this notebook, you can record things you’re thankful for, such as daily events, people, or items. You can even use it for creative expressions like drawing. Take a few minutes each day to jot down three things you’re grateful for. Research suggests that this simple practice can lead to increased well-being. Here’s a question to get you started: What positive things have occurred in your life today?
  • Practice Gratitude for Different Things: Sometimes, it’s challenging to find things to be grateful for. Expand your gratitude practice to various life domains:

– People to be grateful for: family, friends, instructors and even the cashier at the supermarket who ‘goes the extra mile’.

– Things to be grateful for: your home, pets, favourite foods, and cherished possessions.

– Places to be grateful for: nature, your favourite coffee shop, or that quiet park.

– Experiences to be grateful for: from simple walks to memorable events with loved ones.

  • Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness allows you to savour life’s small, everyday joys.
  • Express Gratitude to Others: Make a point to let people know that you appreciate them and why. Write a thank-you note to someone who has made a difference in your life.
  • Limit Negative Influence: Be mindful of too much negative conversation or influence.
  • Engage in Acts of Kindness: Perform random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. These actions not only benefit others but also cultivate a profound sense of gratitude for the positive impact you can have on people’s lives.


By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can gradually nurture and amplify your capacity for gratitude, reaping the associated benefits for your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Gratitude isn’t just a simple ‘thank you’; it’s a gateway to a more joyful, fulfilling life. So, embrace gratitude and let it be your guide on the path to better health and lasting happiness.

This article was written by Linda Hodgkinson one of our partner coaches. Linda is an executive, leadership and wellbeing coach, working with women on a 1 to 1 basis, to enable them to navigate transitions in their professional and personal lives. You can book a free discovery call using this link or get in touch via Linda’s profile page.