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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.

A gratitude mindset helps you appreciate and express gratitude for what you have. Gratitude reduces negative thoughts and feelings.  Cultivating a mindset of gratitude shifts your focus from yourself to others.  Gratitude makes you feel thankful for what you have rather than always wanting more.
Gratitude creates an abundance mindset.  When you focus on gratitude, what you appreciate expands and grows.
Gratitude increases your feeling of positivity and appreciation for everything 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 improve your mindset, self-confidence, and perspective.  You feel more grateful when you focus on being thankful and feeling positive.
In this article, I’ll share 6 ways to start cultivating a gratitude 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

The importance of a gratitude mindset 

Gratitude is important because it will help you feel happier and more self-confident.  When you focus your mindset on appreciation and being thankful you feel more content.
Being grateful every day can change your life. You start your day feeling grateful, rather than negative.
When you choose gratitude you focus on the positive things in your life.  Gratitude can help you feel happier and improve your relationships.  When you express gratitude you appreciate everyone and everything in their life.

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 focus on improvements and making progress.  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 appreciate the forward progress you make.  This ensures you always feel positive about your progress and achievements. ,
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 means you make active gratitude part of your life.
When you appreciate things their value grows.  If you express gratitude daily, it becomes a habit.  You start looking for new ways to express your appreciation and gratitude.
Write down three things you’re grateful for every day to build your gratitude.  You’ll notice after a few days it gets easier to identify and express gratitude.

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 value you see in everything grows.
When you start your day with a gratitude mindset you feel more positive, and confident.  It doesn’t matter what it is, if you pause and appreciate something, its value grows.  The experience becomes greater.  Everything becomes more vivid.
The next time you meet someone, write down three things you appreciate about that 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.  When you feel grateful in the present moment you feel more confident, and capable.
This gratitude helps you reframe how you think about your present circumstances.  Instead of feeling negative, you reframe your mindset to focus on what you have and what you’ve achieved.
This makes you feel more positive and confident.  When you feel more confident, you make decisions and take action to create the future you want.
Living in the present moment can transform your life.
Read my tips on how to be more present.

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 increases your appreciation for the people that matter most.

The value of those people, and their appreciation of you, grow 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 about 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.  An intentional mindset means you express gratitude and appreciation for what matters.

When you choose to express gratitude, your gratitude becomes more powerful.  When you are intentional about gratitude, you can develop a daily gratitude practice.  This practice ensures you appreciate everything, be they big or small.

Being intentional makes you 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.  When you focus on gratitude and thankfulness, your appreciation grows.  When you have a gratitude mindset, you’ll feel happier and more confident.

These tips will help you start or expand your 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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