Free Gratitude Practice Workbook
Kickstart Your Gratitude Practice
I first began my study of Gratitude during a particularly difficult time in my life. By the time I had hit this “rough patch” I had survived childhood trauma, divorce and financial struggles. I had not only survived, but was thriving. I knew how to overcome hardships and obstacles. However, I didn’t know how to live with circumstances, or relationships, that were outside your control to change.
How do you live with chronic illness? A bad economy? A difficult family member that you have no choice but to deal with? How do you live your best life in the face of bad circumstances?
The answer, for me, was not a simple or single solution. Gratitude, however, certainly kept coming up as a lesson to be mastered and a practice to maintain.
Being a skeptic, I went to the research to convince me. What I found was what kept me coming back to the practice of Gratitude.
Gratitude Improves Health
People how have a healthy Gratitude practice also experience better health. They are more likely to exercise, schedule regular checkups, and even eat better. A 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences even showed that grateful people experience less aches, pains and headaches than others.
Gratitude Improves Your Mood and Levels of Happiness
According to, Gratitude researcher Dr. Robert A. Emmons, multiple studies link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
Gratitude Improves Sleep and Relationships
Psychologist Dr. Aime Gordon, has stated that, “Poor sleep is not just experienced in isolation…it influences our interactions with others, such as our ability to be grateful.”
Conversely, according to a 2011 study in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, writing in a Gratitude Journal just 15 minutes a day can result in improved sleep, better general disposition towards yourself and others.
Gratitude Improves Resiliency
As a survivor of childhood trauma myself, I was especially interested in studies linking Gratitude and improved symptomology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces everyday stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma.
In a 2014 Special Issue of Stress and Health a study of the psychological resilience of workers in high-risk occupations found that “gratitude may help mitigate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.”
Yet, even with extensive research linking Gratitude with general happiness and well-being, what I kept seeing neglected was a practical course or program that taught the practice of Gratitude.
Developing a Gratitude Practice
After years of coaching and working with hundreds of clients, I’ve collected some of my best Gratitude practices to share with you. I have developed a full 30 Day Gratitude Coaching program which will open for registration February of 2016. Until then, however, I wanted to share a free 7 Day Kickstart to Gratitude eWorkbook that would help self-starters, just like you, begin to experience the benefits of Gratitude.