Gratitude Makes Everything Better

Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.

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Gratitude is an attitude
, a feeling, and a mental focusing skill. It is part of who you are, and you usually feel it automatically when something really good happens. But why wait for the next good thing?

When you practice these skills on a regular basis, the benefits of this wonderful feeling will grow and expand in your body and mind.

Give yourself the gift of learning these powerful tools, and you will be grateful to the most important person in your life -- you.

"Gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions that can destroy your happiness."

Dr. Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!

How You Will Benefit

When you start looking at all of the benefits of this
positive, Goodfinding attitude, it sounds like a miracle drug...and yet there is no medication that can promise anywhere near this many amazing results.

Your Body

Your Mind

Your Relationships

Davinci Man
Gratitude Brain
Working Together
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Stronger immune function
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased alertness
  • Optimism & happiness
  • Increased joy & pleasure
  • More positive emotions
  • Greater compassion
  • More helpful & generous
  • More forgiveness
  • Less isolated & lonely

These benefits are tremendous,
in terms of the value they offer for a happier, healthier life for you and your loved ones. Seem simple? Well...

While the concepts might indeed be simple, the practice of being grateful on an ongoing basis requires a lot of focused devotion and consistency...and as challenging as this is, you can definitely do this. You will find the tools you need to succeed, on this page and throughout this web site.

Enjoy Greater Good Berkeley's Gratitude Greatest Hits, a fabulous list of videos and articles about the incredible benefits of being grateful.

How To Live In A Grateful State Of Mind

This is what it's all about, isn't it? Learning about being grateful is one thing, but what you really want is those benefits you just read about.

Here's how you do it:

  • Practice through journaling. You will hear Dr. Emmons talking about journaling in the video below, and the method of writing your thoughts and feelings on a regular basis is recommended for all aspects of Goodfinding.
  • Practice through your thought processes. This is the most challenging part of your skill development, and the easiest way to do it is by practicing the journaling enough that it starts to happen by itself. You can, however, make the effort to remember to be grateful throughout each day, and that will definitely help.
  • Practice through communication. Just saying "Thank you," as often as possible will raise your level of gratefulness. You can go beyond that, and make a point of thanking everyone who has played a valuable role in your life.

The primary resource for this information comes from the excellent work of Dr. Robert Emmons. He has authored two books on this important subject, and speaks to audiences worldwide.

Watch his video now!

How To Create A Gratitude Habit

Now, before you go, be sure and get a copy of Dr. Emmons' book (offered through, where we get a commission), entitled:

It is suggested by some authors that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Here's your opportunity to create your habit of being grateful with Dr. Emmons' 21 day program. Get your copy and get started!

Just think about it. Regular practice of being grateful will help you in virtually every way. The effort involved for you is actually quite small, just a little more than taking a pill.

Remember...this is for you, and yet it will be a benefit to everyone you care about as well.

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