This really is one of my favorite times of year, because ‘tis the season to be thankful, as we get together with family and friends and enjoy each other’s company. Plus, it is summer! That in itself is reason to be “thankful”.

This is so applicable to what I teach, because in order to win with money (and in all areas of life, really), we need to be thankful and grateful for what we already have.

Three generations of family members seated at a table enjoying Christmas dinner

You guys know that contentment is a message I’m super passionate about sharing. Contentment isn’t just something that helps you spiritually and emotionally—it also helps you financially. And that all starts with practicing gratitude. Here are some tips by Rachel Cruz.

Yep, I said practicing gratitude—because it’s something I know I have to work on every single day! That’s why I keep a running list of things I’m thankful for right in my phone. It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to practice gratitude. I’ve been intentional about making it a habit, and it’s changed my life.

Swap the stress for gratitude

The holidays can be a stressful time—especially for those of us who have kids or have to travel during this season. It’s even harder if you’re trying to get out of debt, because every time you turn the corner, you’re met with ads for Christmas gifts and other ways to spend money. The pressure to keep up, throw the best Christmas ever, and get everyone the perfect gift . . . it’s so real!

But not this year. You’ve been there, done that. Let’s do it differently this time. This holiday season, I want you to experience the gift of gratitude.

The benefits of practising gratitude

Maybe you still need to be convinced that practicing gratitude is something you should prioritize. I get it! You’re busy, and gratitude can seem like this fluffy feeling you don’t have time to actively pursue. But it really is important to your health. People who practice gratitude are happier mentally, physically and spiritually. It’s a powerful transformational tool used by so many.

And you guys, there is a ton of research to back this up:

  • Gratitude enhances countless other positive qualities in your life, like patience and self-control.
  • Practicing gratitude can boost connection and satisfaction in your relationships!
  • Grateful people sleep better.
  • Expressing gratitude can disarm an angry situation.
  • People at the receiving end of a thank-you note become happier.

How to practise gratitude

Write a thank-you note.

Like I said before, this costs you nothing, but it’s so valuable to the person receiving it.  

Start a gratitude journal, and try to write in it every day.

Actively keeping a gratitude journal over the years has made me grow so much. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s also really fun to go back and reread years down the road.

Send a video telling someone why you’re thankful for them.