You’re probably acutely aware of all the reasons you should boost your personal gratitude quotient.
**Hint:** Because it can help you get happier, healthier, less stressed-out—and more optimistic overall.
Another big-time benefit? **Feeling grateful can also make you richer.**
That’s according to some interesting research from professors at Northeastern University, the University of California Riverside and Harvard University.
**Gratitude encourages patience—and, thus, a more forward-focused outlook when it comes to your money.**
Curious how these findings play out in the real world?
Gratitude Helps You Lose the Urge to Splurge
The feeling of gratefulness leads to making wiser financial decisions because you become happy with what you have.
If you obsess over getting the best, newest and most expensive items and gadgets, you'll experience misguided attempts to make your life fuller. But gratitude changes your mind-set, and you’ll learn to love your life just as it is.
And, ironically, once you finally have the money to afford a lot of things you previously thought were important to you—a bigger house, a fancier car, five-star vacations—you recognize that they are most likely no longer your priorities.
Gratitude Helps You Look for the Silver [Financial] Lining
By practicing gratitude, you're constantly forced to find even the smallest thing to be happy about. And, as a result, you're not only becoming more patient but you'll observe all of your options better.
That attention to detail often allows you to find cheaper alternatives that you wouldn’t have thought of if you weren’t actively looking for the best in a situation.
Gratitude Helps You Cherish a Windfall
When you are so thankful for the cash you have earned, you become more conscious about how you spend it - for something truly significant and lasting.
The gratitude gives you a greater sense of responsibility to use the money wisely, and not splurge on a couple of outings and meals.
Gratitude Helps You Make Savvier Career Moves
When you truly look around you and appreciate what you have now around you, be it your significant other, your family, your friends, or even your financial success so far, you will have the confidence to thrive, make wiser choices, and have the strength to handle any challenges.
You will stop always questioning yourself and losing faith in your own vision, because the gratitude towards your rock-solid, supportive system will motivate you to change that.
Gratitude Helps You Be Happy With Less
Spending time to appreciate what you have, the clothes to wear, the fridge with food, the roof about your head, the car to drive, and your family that cares. You'll find that you're spending less and less because there is less and less that you want when you're satisfied.
When you continue to feel so grateful with what you already have, there are few things anymore that you truly desire. You will no longer waste money on cheap items that you never really used - no longer buy something just to buy it. Feeling grateful helps you realize that you value experiences more than things.
When you see something that you like, ask yourself three things before buying:
1. Where will I put it in my house?
2. Will I use it?
3. Do I really need it?
The item has to satisfy question number one, plus either number two or three.
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