3 Lessons on Gratitude

Hey everybody,

Here’s another batch of actionable insights to start your week off right, so you can be more intentional with how you live, work, and create.

Let’s get started.

​Insight 1: Practice gratitude daily

This past week was Thanksgiving in the US, which tends to remind people to be grateful for what they have.

But why should we only be intentional with our gratitude one day a year?

If you want to practice deep gratitude every single day, throughout the day, check out my latest Psychology Today article:

This Ancient Strategy Can Help You Practice Deep Gratitude

​Insight 2: Define enough

What is “enough” for you?

Enough revenue, enough followers, enough things, whatever.

When we don’t define “enough,” we’ll always chase “more.”

“More” is a moving target because more is always an option.

There’s always more revenue we can make, more money we can put in savings, a bigger house in a better neighborhood, a more expensive car…

But once we define “enough,” two things happen:

  • Our target stops, so it’s easier to hit.
  • Once we hit it, we can sit back and be grateful for what we have.

In this article, entrepreneur Paul Jarvis takes a nuanced approach to “enough” by breaking it into two concepts: pre-enough, and post-enough.

“In the beginning, reaching enough is goal number one. We do whatever it takes to get there, since we need more out of necessity. We don’t need to optimize for enough because we haven’t yet reached enough. If we’re not aware of what enough is though, we can potentially hit it and keep going with the same vim and vigour, blowing past it. Once enough has been reached (different for everyone and every business, remember), our goal should then be to realize that enough is enough, and further optimize for it.”

Check out the full article if you want to go deeper on defining “enough” for yourself.

​Insight 3: Gratitude may be the antidote to dissatisfaction

It’s easy to listen to a motivational speech about the power of gratitude, but is there any scientific support for it?

Turns out, there is.

If you want to dive into the science of gratitude, how it can act as an antidote to dissatisfaction and misery, why it’s evolutionarily advantageous, and how to reprogram your brain to become more grateful, check out this video:

​Question for the Week

Try to answer this each day this week:

What are 3 things you’re grateful for?

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