How Gratitude Can Lead To Better Finances

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues but the parent of all others.” Cicero

Why not be grateful every day? Gratitude studies suggest these benefits: – Healthier mental and physical well-being; – Our happiness increases; – Reduces stress, anger, and other negative emotions; – Generates positive chemical reactions in our brains; and – It enhances coping mechanisms.

How Gratitude Can Lead To Better Finances

Boosts Motivation And Strengthens Our Social Relationships We spend much of our waking hours working with others in teams, as employees, managers, and clients. Thanking someone for a job well done motivates us. We are getting high ratings on reviews from those we serve, and that feels great.

Increases Patience, Decreases Instant Gratification Those who are thankful may have more incredible willpower and can delay instant gratification. Delaying gratification is a substantial benefit when it comes to shopping and impulse buying.

Alternative To Materialism And Envy Gratitude is negatively associated with envy and materialism. Materialism is a persistent emphasis on lower-order needs of material comfort and physical safety. Those values are in contrast to higher orders like self-expression and quality of life.

Count Your Blessings And Be Happy We feel good when we are grateful and we function better with others. We live more prosperous lives, not solely based on money but as fulfilled beings. Grateful people have more resources–psychological, social, and spiritual–that can be drawn on in times of need.

Grateful Expressions Boost Our Brains Regularly expressing gratitude changes the molecular structure of our brains, A study led by Zahn using functional MRIs to measure the brain activity of participants imagining their own actions toward another person, experiencing different emotions either conformed (eg. gratitude or pride) or were counter to a social value

Promotes Generosity Studies suggest that there is a neural connection between gratitude and altruism. Culturally, we admire people who give to others selflessly. Appreciation from others may lead us to offer more as part of our moral barometer to take great action.

Being Grateful Is Good For Our Career We are more productive at work, enjoy better relationships with our coworkers, and are more confident in asking for raises. Gratitude cultivates better decision-making and improves engagement with others.

Being Grateful Leads To Financial Goal Achievement The same advantages we gain at work can help us deal with our personal lives’ financial situations. We can better handle money management issues head-on rather than delay payments.

Practicing gratitude is an inexpensive way to feel physically and mentally healthy. Try to have daily doses of gratitude which may help to reduce strains at work and home. It may produce better benefits than spending money impulsively, leading to big bills and higher borrowing costs.

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