Gratitude makes us joyful

If you’re reading this in the US, you spent yesterday celebrating Thanksgiving. If that’s the case, I hope you had a very happy  – and grateful – Thanksgiving.

Whilst some other countries celebrate Thanksgiving, we don’t here in the UK. However, there is a growing interest in practising gratitude – books, podcasts, apps, and YouTube videos abound. Here’s one video I’d like to ask you to take just four minutes to watch. It’s an interview with Brené Brown (whose TED Talks on vulnerability and shame are well worth watching when you have a little longer) about her research into joy and gratitude.

(If for any reason you can’t see the video in your post, just click here: Brené Brown on joy and gratitude)

What stays in my mind was the David Steindl-Rast quote she mentions – ‘it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful’. She talks about the link between a conscious practise of gratitude and joy: this encourages me to take tangible steps to express my gratitude, whether privately or publicly. Maybe the idea of feeling joyful doesn’t appeal to you – well, research suggests that a gratitude practice has scientifically proven benefits. I have seen the positive effects in my clients’ lives when they have a regular, concrete way of recording and expressing how grateful they are.


Today’s pebble for you to ponder: how could you incorporate practising gratitude into your daily life?

Please know how grateful I am to all of you for reading, sharing and commenting.


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2 Responses to Gratitude makes us joyful

  1. Myles Butler says:

    Over the past year, I’ve tried to make gratitude journaling a daily habit. It has definitely increased the quality of my days when I’m taking it seriously.

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