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When you have a gratitude mindset you focus on the limitless opportunities available in business and life, because you already appreciate what you have.   When you are grateful, you choose to focus on the positive things rather than the negative things.

When you have a gratitude mindset you appreciate and express gratitude for what you have, which reduces negative thoughts and feelings.

Cultivating a mindset of gratitude is important because it shifts your focus from yourself onto others.  Gratitude makes you feel thankful for what you have rather than always wanting more.

Gratitude creates an abundance mindset.  Rather than a scarcity mindset, gratitude ensures you are focused on appreciating and expanding what you have.

Expressing gratitude allows you to amplify your feeling of positivity and appreciation for everything you have in your life.  Choosing gratitude and appreciation can change your life.  With gratitude, your first thought is always one of positivity, rather than negativity.

Engaging in a regular gratitude practice can change your mindset, self-confidence and perspective for the better when you focus on being thankful and thinking positively.

In this article I’ll share the meaning of gratitude and share 6 ways to start cultivating a gratitude mindset.

Read also: 7 ways to create an abundance mindset 

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have, and what you are grateful for.  Gratitude helps people feel more thankful for everything in their life.  When you feel and express gratitude you live in a world of abundance, rather than scarcity.

Read also: 7 ways to practice gratitude every day

Cultivating a gratitude mindset

When you cultivate a gratitude mindset you focus on the limitless opportunities available in every aspect of your business and life.  There are numerous benefits of having a gratitude mindset.

Being grateful shifts your mindset and strengthens everything that is important to you.  When you enter into a gratitude practice, being grateful narrows your focus to what matters most and expands your appreciation for the people in your life.

When you express gratitude to someone, the value of that person grows and expands in your mind.

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The importance of a gratitude mindset 

Gratitude is important because it will help you feel happier and more self-confident.  When your mindset is focused on appreciation and being thankful you feel more content.

Being grateful every day can change your life because your first thought is one of gratitude rather than negativity.

When you choose gratitude you focus on the positive things in your life rather than the negative things. Gratitude helps people feel more positive, experience better health, improve relationships, increase feelings of abundance and feel more appreciative of everyone and everything in their life.

Read also: 5 ways to have an attitude of gratitude 

How to develop a gratitude mindset 

Here are 6 ways to develop a gratitude mindset.

1. Measure your positive progress

People with a gratitude mindset appreciate the improvements and progress they make every day.  They use measurable goals to guide their thinking and actions.

Every step forward and improvement achieved is a cause for gratitude and appreciation.  When you have an attitude of gratitude you are always measuring backwards from a specific starting point.  This ensures you feel positive about your progress and achievements, rather than fixating on how far you are away from something.

This gratitude focus builds confidence, motivation and momentum.  When you focus on gratitude you are always succeeding, improving or learning.

There is no losing.

2. Choose to express gratitude every day

There are many things you can be grateful for in life.  But often we express gratitude and appreciation on occasion.

Developing a gratitude mindset ensures that active gratitude becomes an essential part of your daily life.

When we appreciate things their value grows.  If we express gratitude daily, it becomes a habit.  We start looking for new ways to express our appreciation and gratitude.

A fantastic gratitude practice is to write down three things you are grateful for or appreciate every day, even if you’ve had a bad day.  This could be in a notebook, a gratitude journal or just on post it notes.

This might seem difficult at first, but you’ll notice after a few days it gets easier to identify and express gratitude for those three things.

3. Start your day with gratitude

People with a gratitude mindset start everything from a place of gratitude.  When you start from a place of appreciation, the thing or person that you’re appreciating increases in value.

When you start your day from a place of gratitude for what you have, you feel more positive, motivated and confident.

Meetings are so much more productive and energised when everyone starts the meeting talking about something they appreciate, or that went well.

It doesn’t matter what it is, if you can pause and take a moment to appreciate something in the moment it’s value grows.  The experience becomes greater.  Everything becomes more vivid.

The next time you are about to do something or meet with someone, list three things you appreciate about the situation or person.  This will make you feel far more positive and thankful.

4. Focus on the present to feel thankful

A gratitude mindset starts with appreciating what you have and where in your life you are right now.  Having present moment gratitude means you are fully aware of the moment and are choosing to express gratitude.

When you have gratitude for the present moment you can reframe how you think about your present circumstances.  Instead of being negative about failures, the past or what you haven’t achieved, you reframe your mindset to a focus on what you have and what you’ve achieved.

This makes you feel more positive and confident.  When we feel more confident we can take the decisions, communications and actions to create the bigger future we want.

Living in the present moment, and being intentional about that moment, can transform your life.

5. Express gratitude for the people that matter most

Gratitude can change your life if you appreciate what you have rather than what you don’t have.  Developing a gratitude mindset amplifies your appreciation for the people that matter most in your life.

The value of those people, and their appreciation of you, grows if you take the time to express gratitude.

If you choose to focus on, and appreciate, the people that matter most to you their value grows.  They will feel more positive emotions towards you and build stronger relationships with you.

But gratitude is different from a simple thank you.  Active gratitude is about choosing to express appreciation to the people that matter.  It is also about creating a space for them to express gratitude for what matters most to them.

6. Adopt an intentional mindset

Practicing intentional gratitude can transform your life.  When you adopt an intentional mindset you choose to express gratitude and appreciation for the things you have and the people that matter most.

When you consciously choose to do something because you want to do it, your gratitude becomes more powerful, and the effect on others multiplies.

When you are intentional bout gratitude, you develop a daily gratitude practice of appreciating the good things, both big and small, then consciously expressing gratitude for them.

By being intentional, and creating a daily gratitude habit of being thankful, you will feel happier, more excited and more motivated.

Read also: Being intentional: 6 ways to be intentional every day


A gratitude mindset can change your life. Expressing thankfulness, gratitude and appreciation you are focused on what you have rather than what you don’t have.

People who regularly practice gratitude are happier and experience more positive progress in their business and life.

Hopefully these tips will help you start or expand your own gratitude mindset.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What one thing are you grateful for?

How do you develop your own gratitude mindset?

Let me know in the comments.

Further Reading 

7 ways to develop an abundance mindset 

About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  Mark is the Founder of time management coaching company Lucemi Consulting and provides time management coaching programs to entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders in Colchester, Essex, Suffolk and across the UK and US.

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