From the Latin word “gratus” meaning “thankful”, gratitude is one of the greatest virtues of human nature and the mother of all other virtues. Being thankful can transform challenging days to opportunities and opportunities into blessings. Here are other benefits of being grateful:

It turns ‘No’ to ‘Yes’
Denial into Acceptance
Failure into Success
Fear into Courage
Doubt into Belief/Faith
Sadness into Happiness
Confusion into Clarity
Chaos into Order
Anger into Calmness
Hate into Love

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” – Unknown

Who do you give credit to and are thankful for in your life, career or business? If you answer, “yourself”, perhaps you’re right. Everyone is self-made, but mostly only the successful ones will admit it. However, and honestly, no one succeeds alone; all by his or her efforts. Someone supports, encourages, directs and mentors you along the way.

Think about someone who has made a difference in your life and/or career; who has positively impacted and empowered your life. Call him/her today to express your thankfulness or a handwritten thank you note to say how grateful you are for his or her support and encouragement and how much you appreciate him or her. Above all else, be grateful to your creator for this gift of life, your health and everything that you’re grateful for. We must be thankful to those who make us better, wiser, happier, healthier and stronger. A thankful heart gives peace of mind and joyfulness. A life of gratitude improves your mood, gives you hope and a positive outlook on life and expectancy of abundance.

To build a habit of gratitude, start keeping a gratitude journal. Each day, write five things you’re grateful for and give thanks.