We are always looking for any excuse to encourage gratitude! That's why we were so excited to find this article about how just thinking about things you are grateful for can be beneficial to you. Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, life coach and expert on life change. Greenberg published an article titled “The Seven Best Gratitude Quotes” in Psychology Today in November 2011. The article discusses some tactics to “develop a gratitude practice to open your heart and rewire your brain.” Here are some of our favorite things from the article! 1) Regularly expressing gratitude can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so to develop a more expansive view of our lives. 2) Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, reminding us that we are part of a larger universe with all living things. 3) Meditate on the things that help you or give you pleasure in your life. 4) Keep a gratitude diary with images and writing that depict things that you are grateful for. 5) Gratitude can lead to feelings of love, appreciation, generosity and compassion which further open our hearts in more positive ways. 6) “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust 7) “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” – William James To read the rest of the article, click here.