Increasing Life Satisfaction

Updated: Apr 29

When times are tough, it becomes clear to us that one of the things that we lack is happiness. Let's be real though. Being happy all the time is unrealistic, so maybe it’s life satisfaction that we strive for. The good news is life satisfaction can be improved and last much longer. The more connection you feel between who you are now and who you will be, the greater life satisfaction and well-being you’ll have.

There are many ups and downs in life and no one is without flaws. Sometimes, you might wonder what life has in store for you when you get up every morning and join the chaotic adventures. But hacking into a life of satisfaction requires just a few things from you.

One of those things happens to be a sense (or practice) of gratitude. Research suggests that there are many benefits to practicing gratitude, including decreased anxiety and depression, increased vitality, optimism, hope and life satisfaction, all of which increases our sense of well-being. Gratitude can help us become more aware of pleasant events in our lives. When we notice negative events, gratitude helps prevent excessive rumination. Gratitude helps us positively reframe events that may seem negative on the surface. It even enhances social ties, which we know improves our well-being.

A gratitude practice can improve our overall life satisfaction in all of the domains involved but it is a practice. There are several easy ways to strengthen your gratitude skills, such as silently saying thank you at every opportunity. If you find a dime on the sidewalk, say thank you. If someone lets you into a traffic lane, thank you. A hot shower, a sunny day, a good laugh, a job well done, a good meal, a pretty view, a green traffic light, an available parking space – thank you, thank you, thank you.

A scientifically proven way to increase gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Each day, write down at least three things you’re grateful for and your brain will catch on and start looking for more things to feel grateful for. You’ll feel a difference in your overall mood within just a few days.