How Gratitude Gets Us To Our Goals + 4 Ways To Practice It

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

As we enter the new year, many people will set goals as they enter a new chapter of their lives and a new decade. Working toward a goal can be an incredibly rewarding experience that shows a willingness to grow and evolve in life, however, the period between setting the goal and achieving it can come with many ups and downs that can cause discouragement and doubt. A regular gratitude practice can help you overcome these hurdles and relieve some of the stress you may feel when working toward a goal.

Practicing gratitude allows you to focus on the present moment and reminds you to be thankful for the things you currently have while working toward something better. Several studies show how practicing gratitude can improve your mood during times of adversity, and also improve your outlook when working toward a goal. It allows you to shift your attention from the outcome and to express appreciation for the here and now.

The dictionary defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to