Gratitude is generally defined as being thankful.

And a lot of people express their gratitude this time of year. But should we be expressing appreciation throughout the year? 


I am grateful for these two weirdos..

Why should we be thankful?

Gratitude is great for your mental and physical health. Depression and anxiety can be reduced by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Not only does our mental health benefit but our physical as well. It can help lower blood pressure, help you deal with stress, and help you bounce back from illness. Here are a few more reasons to start practicing! 

How do I start practicing gratitude?

  • Start by being aware of what you’re thankful for in your life.
  • Write down three things each day you are grateful for. They don’t have to be big things, even little things like your dogs being happy to see you at the end of the day. Get a journal or use your planner. The simpler and easier, the more likely you will do it. 
  • When you hit a rough spot, remember only you thing you can control is your reaction. Think about what you can take from this setback. 
  • Start letting people know why you appreciate/love them.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself if you struggle to build gratitude into your daily life. It takes time to build a new habitat.

Little by little it will become easier and second nature. So instead of saying what you’re grateful for this one day of the year, use it as a jumping off point and start. Work to feel grateful every day and start expressing your thanks to those around you.

How will you start being grateful?

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Jenna Volden studied photography in high school and college but ultimately ended up with a business degree. After spending 10-plus years in the rat race she returned to her first love, photography by starting her own photography company. She can be found either chasing sunsets around the globe or making women feel like rock stars in her home studio. She is currently based out of Phoenix, AZ.

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