Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. There are proven benefits to expressing gratitude:

1. Opens the door to more relationships
2. Improves physical health
3. Improves psychological health
4. Enhances empathy and reduces aggression
5. Improves sleep
6. Improves self-esteem
7. Increases mental strength

Gratitude can be expressed in many different ways and can be applied to the past, the present and the future. Gratitude helps us to refocus on what we have instead of what we lack. It grows stronger with use and practice. Here are a few ways to practice expressing gratitude regularly:

· Thank someone mentally and/or verbally
· Write a thank-you note
· Keep a gratitude journal or list of things you are thankful for · Count your blessings
· Meditate
· Reflect