Gratitude increases the amount of opportunities you spot, insights you get and general prosperity you have. But how do you actually practice it more? There are 3 smart approaches to it.

Acknowledge every victory: Science proves that your brain is more likely to get frustrated if you don't feel like you are making progress. The best solution is to pause, recognize and celebrate every step you make towards your large goal.

High performers like Tim Ferriss focus on journaling a few minutes every day. I meditate three minutes every morning. The commonality is taking a brief daily moment to acknowledge progress, which makes you more likely to get momentum.

Focus on meaning: The Sweet Spot author and sociologist Christine Carter shared with me that the best way to build gratitude is to know your purpose, not to seek short-term gratification.

"For high-achieving people, the big problem is confusing happiness with gratification. We've learned happiness is very fleeting. Getting meaning is more lasting, and meaning almost always leads to happiness."

Lean on an objective party: Our colleagues and friends can also give us the perspective necessary to be grateful. Try organizing an unofficial, trustworthy group of people who know your intention and want to see you succeed. Outside insight can help you understand and appreciate how far you've come, which will help you see where you need to go next.

Published on: Jul 26, 2017
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