When was the last time you picked up the phone or had coffee with someone you are grateful for? Better yet, while you were talking did you express your gratitude to them?

Today we take a little adventure to explore how expressing gratitude can have a big impact on our happiness and wellbeing. And maybe along the way see the importance of making gratitude a habit!

For those familiar with SoulPancake, you know they produce some awesome content that always leaves you feeling a little more uplifted and thoughtful. They have a ton of great content, but when I stumbled across the video I’m sharing with you today, I knew it was something we ALL could benefit from.

Gratitude can have an enormous impact on our emotional state (check out the article we wrote on the subject if you want to learn a little more), yet we so often forget to express it. So, what happens when you set people face to face with gratitude? How does it impact their happiness?

Here’s SoulPancake with a little experiment in gratitude…

Making Gratitude a Habit

Hmm, maybe it’s time we all called a loved one?

Something that struck me in this video was how easy it seemed for the subjects to write about gratitude, but how awkward and difficult it seemed for some to read their letter over the phone. Why is that? Why is it strange to call somebody you love and tell them why you are grateful to have them in your life?

Perhaps it has a little to do with being vulnerable. Perhaps we undervalue the importance of sharing our emotions. Perhaps, like anything, if we are out of practice or don’t make a habit of expressing our gratitude it’s just hard. Whatever the reason, maybe it’s time to reevaluate those emotions and start making gratitude a habit.

So, here’s your little challenge for the day (and maybe the week). Take time to notice when you are grateful for somebody and jot it down. At the end of the week, take a moment to read over that list. If you are feeling extra brave, go call that person and tell them how grateful you are for them. You never know the ripples–or ever widening circles– you could create.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness.” YouTube. SoulPancake, 11 July 2013. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV