• Kat Schultz

Cultivating Gratitude: the Hierarchy of Gratitude Practice

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us start reflecting on what we're grateful for. Maybe we're preparing for what we'll share during Thanksgiving dinner or maybe it's just the season getting to us. Whatever the reason, gratitude is first and foremost this November.

Our list of things to be grateful for may have changed in the last few years. We continue to live through a pandemic. Life has changed and so have we. Our 'normal' has changed so much that you may find it difficult to flesh out your gratitude list.

Nevertheless, it's still very important to reflect on gratitude. Studies show that gratitude practice can improve both physical and emotional health. It can even improve sleep! Reflecting on what you're grateful for can help you increase positive emotions and decrease toxic feelings such as envy and resentment.

But how do you cultivate gratitude in your life?

Start with the basics. You may be familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, a motivational pyramid of human needs. Here's a refresher: