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Expressing Gratitude – What would be on your list?

Expressing Gratitude – What would be on your list?

There is significant research that expressing gratitude has major benefits on the level of happiness you experience in your life.

Personally, I try to express gratitude on a regular basis. I attempt to regularly thank people or quietly express my gratitude each night for what I received that day.

I recently read about writing a gratitude list of all the things that you are grateful for in your life and thought I would give it a shot. I decided that I would actually take the time to write out a list of 50 things that I am grateful for.

Initially it started very easily – I quickly rattled off about 25 things without thinking. My family, my friends, my home, my health, the abundance of food – the typical things you would expect to see.

Then it started to get a little more difficult.

By the time I hit 30, I was starting to have to think a little harder. And to get to 50, I found I really had to think quite deeply about the things I was grateful for.  Here’s a quick sample of some of my ‘deep 20’ list that I came up with;

• Hearing children laugh
• A hot shower
• The smell of fresh cut grass

As the list progressed, I found myself becoming a little more philosophical;

• Freedom of speech
• The right to vote
• Access to healthcare

This exercise really helped me to look beyond the everyday things that I was grateful for and go just that little bit deeper to appreciate some things that I don’t necessarily think about every day.

Why don’t you try and list out 50 things in your life that you are grateful for and find out what may be on your ‘deep 20’ list?

You may be surprised by what you come up with.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.