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GRATITUDE – IT’s a Year Round Kinda Thing

by Komal Patel
How to Practice Gratitude

Welcome to the biggest bar day of the year. You need to establish a drinking baseline, you know. Get your livers prepped tonight so that the rest of Thanksgiving weekend goes smoothly.

Anyways. Yeah, this post doesn’t have anything to do with alcohol (well, maybe just a little bit), but I thought it would be nice a reminder of what you have to look forward to tonight!

Now, on to the day’s topic.


What does it mean to you?

With Thanksgiving approaching tomorrow I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about GRATITUDE.

Gratitude to me goes beyond the Thanksgiving table. It goes beyond what you are thankful for, what you are happy for.

It goes into so many other things that can help shape who you are as a person all year long, not just during the holidays.

Gratitude empowers you

“If we’re so depressed about what’s going on in the world that we can’t act, what does that serve? So part of what we’re trying to do is keep people connected to gratefulness as a source of activism,” says Kristi Nelson, executive director of gratefulness.org, which describes itself as an online sanctuary dedicated to fostering grateful living. “It’s really powerful to steep ourselves in what we’re grateful for and then act to defend, protect and advance that in the world.”

Helps fight addiction

“There’s a lot of belief that addictions come out of spiritual thirst,” says Nelson, citing a principle of 12-step programs. Gratitude can help you positively reframe not just the present but the past and future. “We have seen people have tremendous breakthroughs in valuing their lives and each other and life itself as a result of focusing on what they have to feel grateful for versus what’s missing in their lives.”

Boosts self-control

Gratitude makes people more patient,” says Jeffrey Froh, an associate professor at Hofstra University, referencing the ability to delay gratification. “Future rewards are generally less attractive, but if you’re in a grateful mood you’re more able to wait. If you’re sad or depressed you just want to feel better in the moment, so you eat that whole cheesecake” instead of skipping dessert in favor of your weight-loss goals.

 Helps you sleep better

Instead of counting sheep, try counting your blessings. “There are about six good studies now showing that gratitude facilitates better sleep,” Robert Emmons, gratitude scientist says. Almost every benchmark of good sleep — including duration of sleep and the time it takes to fall asleep — is improved by gratitude.

Fosters a sense of community

“The thread of life can unravel very quickly, so we need memories of how we’ve been supported and sustained by other people,” Emmons says. For instance, if a hospital took good care of your spouse, you may be motivated to donate money to help build a new cancer wing. “So much of life is about giving, receiving, repaying benefits; that’s why gratitude is so foundational and fundamental to human beings and to social life. … It’s a cycle of reciprocity.”

Helps fend off depression

Practicing gratitude is linked to more resilience and optimism, Emmons says, recalling one study that found that counting blessings and “gratitude letter writing” reduced the risk of depression in patients by 41% over six months.

Makes you a better spouse

Rather than focusing on “negative attributions” or what you don’t like about your mate, “Focus on what your partner is good at,” Emmons says. With any luck, that praise and affirmation might inspire him or her to improve other aspects of the relationship.

Makes you a better boss and manager

Managers who express gratitude have more productive employees. In turn, “Grateful employees are better employees. They’re more engaged … more efficient,” Emmons says.

There are so many more aspects to gratitude then the few mentioned above.

Gratitude can be connected to spiritualism as most religions cite gratitude as a virtue. It can keep you living longer when you radiate gratitude with positive energy. And, overall, gratitude makes us feel plain good. 

According to Emmons, gratitude is just happiness that we recognize after-the fact to have been caused by the kindness of others.  Gratitude doesn’t just make us happier, it is happiness in and of itself!

I know. That is a HUGE statement.

A few ways to practice gratitude on a daily basis can be as simple as journaling every day, writing down 5 things that you were grateful for that day.

Helping your spouse with something they need can be a way to express it. Telling a co-worker who works hard that you appreciate them is another way to express gratitude.

Remember, there is no right answer on how to practice showing/feeling/speaking gratitude.

As cheesy as it may sound, follow your heart. Gratitude can hide itself in the smallest of crevices.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.



Sweet and Masala 

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Natalie November 22, 2017 - 2:16 pm

I love this all. Thank you for sharing this today. I think I will start writing down 5 things everyday, as sometimes other things (cough blogging cough) can really get a gal down! Have a very wonderful thanksgiving friend!

Xoxo, Natalie

Ileana November 22, 2017 - 2:20 pm

Lovely article sharing a lot of good vibes 🙂 I really enjoyed the read. Thanks for sharing !

Kristie November 22, 2017 - 2:20 pm

I’ve never really thought about gratitude this way, but I love it. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Mo&Jo November 22, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Wonderful post and great reminder for this Holiday season!
Thanks for sharing!

Zarah November 22, 2017 - 3:36 pm

Yes yes yes! You are so right. Great way to think about being thankful and how we should always take the time to show gratitude. I love how you mentioned all the ways gratitude helps the soul.

Komal Patel November 22, 2017 - 6:16 pm

Thank you! I think its important to realize what we have to offer.

Shruthi November 22, 2017 - 3:43 pm

This is a great article! Thank you so much for sharing Komal! Year-round gratitude is the goal even though I definitely forget to write in my journal or pray some days! But yes, so many benefit to a thankful and grateful heart <3

Komal Patel November 22, 2017 - 6:16 pm

I hear you girl! It is so hard but we are only human. Failing is in our nature but we can always keep trying.

JijjysMaison November 22, 2017 - 9:21 pm

Very true Komal, Gratitude is something people take for granted. It is important people are aware of the power of gratitude. Even with our human failings when we add gratitude to any negative scenario i notice the other party calms down because it gives a feeling of being appreciated and its a positive vibe….. thanks for sharing …..

ana November 22, 2017 - 10:56 pm

so so true! I love this post! For a month – I wrote ten things I was grateful daily with my husband. It was the best.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Love, Ana


Komal Patel November 24, 2017 - 7:09 pm

That is such an awesome idea~

Herlina Kwee | Making LOL November 23, 2017 - 3:00 am

It is a practice that I need to make into a daily habit. It’s easy to come up with things to be thankful for when everything is alright and well in our lives. It is a bit more difficult to do so when your life is in a shamble and you feel like the whole world is against you. But, it is no excuse. Even when we are facing trials, there are still things we can be grateful for.

Komal Patel November 24, 2017 - 7:09 pm

Couldn’t have said it any better!

Thomas Falkenstedt November 23, 2017 - 6:58 am

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Although you begin by saying it doesn’t have to to with drinking, it does. I’ve been sober for about two years due to the fact that it just drove me too far. Or rather, to the bottom. Let’s all rejoice and a have a wonderful Thanksgiving where our children can experience a sober one.
Thomas xx

Jennifer Quattrucci November 23, 2017 - 10:37 am

Dear Komal,
This is such a beautiful post and I absolutely appreciate and agree with every word. I have learned through the years that no matter what there is always something- and actually a lot- to be thankful for! Thank you so much for this and Happy Thanksgiving!

Komal Patel November 24, 2017 - 7:10 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!


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